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Plague spreaders of Hungry Trail, or, The robbers of Little Wind
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American Indian weekly.
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3 2 'DIE .ARTIIUR wmTBROOK COMPANY CLEVELAND U .. S .A.

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BY COLONEL SPENCER DAIR VOL. I THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY, CLSYELAND, OHIO, U. S. !. NO. 32 Published Weekly. By Subscription, $2 .50 per year; $1.25 for 6 months. Copyright, 1911, by The Arthur Westbrook Company. Plague Spreaders of Hungry T.rail, or CJ3y Colonel Spencer Dair. PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS OF THIS STORY. BLACK ToM BARLow-A jewel of a gold-hunter, who braved the terrible dangers of th e Bla<;kfeet Indian nation country, in the q uest for the prec i o u s metal that rules the world, and who pas se d thr.ou g h incr edib l e dange r s when his progress was barred by Indians aided by out l aws. ARROW HEAD-Grea t Chief of the Blackfe e t nati on, who made the p a thway to fortune of a party of youthful Adventure r s o n e of blood and dange r and death. DwARF DAN VVOLFLAWAn outl aw as crooked in hi s lif e as he was in his form, and who met a d eserved fate, at th e hands of a man whom h e had mutil a t e d in hi s en d eavo r t o thwart the plans o f the go ldseekers. FROSTY PADDOC K A n indomitabl e guide in th e great Wild \ Ves t who got a "parmit f o r hi s ga llant band o f Ad ventt{n:? r s t o hunt for go l d in the Blackfeet nati o n l a n d, after a wagin g of w it s w it l 1 th e o utla ws, an d a courage that see m s like a p age fro m a m y thical narrative. KYD Do uGLASSA man w h o w ent into the s hadow o f death to r esc u e a fair g irl w h ose fort'i.m e awaited h e r i n the East, whil e s h e was a p ri so ner among the I nd ian s vi rtually, w h o had sto l e n h e r in infa nc y CHAPTER I. IN THL': BLACKFEET COUNTRY.A SEARCH FOR GOLD.-THE INDIAN FIGHTER'S RASH WAGER.-TREACHERY IN THE CAMP. P \acrue Spreaders them chaps i s, every one of 'em!" A of laucrhter came fro m the lips of the score of bronzed men, who were seate d around a camp fire in the Indian coun,try, and the n the laugh scattered, grew fainte r, and wme of th e men who had n o t l aughed grew grave as they exc h anged g lanc es. I ARIEL RAMSDEN-A young man who preferred to keep the devious path and con sort with outlaws, and who fina lly m et a d ese rved fate that u sua lly overtakes the outlaw. NroKANA-The \ V hite Queen of the Blackfeet nation and who l a t e r r es ume s h e r ri ght name of Adel e This g irl won her way t o freedom and wealth and l ove through a success i on of dangers that make brave r eading: RED WASP-A youthful Blackfoot Indian, but a 'boy with a man's heart unde r hi s dusky skin l\1ARLEY MoRGANA n unfortunate w hit e man who di es a h o rribl e death as a r es ult of b eing capture d by Arrow H ead and hi s braves of the Blackfeet nation FRED SELLERS-The friend of i\Jarley Morgan, and w h o t ook what he thought was the quickest way t o ave nge him Kr SHEWATA-Just an In. dian broncho, but a h o r se that aided in the m aking o f hi story. "Brc" M u nPHY-r-Ie. th o u ght h e saw a g h ost; but h e didn't. RED ]Ol'!N-r\ lin e fellow and a born liighte r S EGAno-A B lackfeet nation medi c in e man. "Better n o t l et th e m Injuns h eaT t hat s peech, one of the other men advised. Ef y' do y' wont git n o tarnJS from any Blackfeet Injun hyar erbouts. " Sho! cried the first speaker. Say I ain t no bettin man, fer money ain't so easy ter git in this h ya r country, but I'll bet ye a hunnerd d ollars thet I goes among th e m Injun plague spreaders, fer they se ru s hin r o un hyar spreadin' s mallpox eve r ywhar a n well ye know et-I say I'll b e t a hunn erd the t I goes by my l o n e ly, t!'!r thet Injun village and g it s tanns-and w o t s more I'll bet I gits good ones-fro m the chief p l ag u e s pread e r him se l f! '1

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2 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. The s p eake r flo u ris hed a great roll of bills party again exchanged glances, but there w as this trme no r oar of laughter. The situation w a s too serious for that. The man is s uing the challenge had a way of m a king good " T h a r s g o ld in all them hill s the first s peaker went o n E t onny n eeds tarms from th' Injuns t e r git ter th' g o ld. I'll p r o p os iti o n a g in the t I goe s ter th' Injun village back th a r b e hin them hills an gits tarms the t w ill 'low us feller s t e r s t a y hyar an wots more thet th' permit will be good f e r years The m Injuns ain t got no permit from Uncle Sam ter ow n th' hull Blackfeet country, boys. I don t cyar e f th' Injun chi e f hez sent u s wo rd ter git offen thi s h ya r ai rth-I'm goin t e r stay, en I'm goin ter go an' g it p e rmi ss i o n f ro m them pl a gue spread e rs ter do et. See?" "You re plumb l o co ed. Y e uld git a arrer plugged inter ye in five minut e s ef y e w ent ter thet camp," growled a swarthy chap. An' s a y, theys e a i n t a white man be hint u s f e r m o re miles the n y e kin think o'-an' th' Black fe e t a re like grass h o ppers thicker en flies in August in a m o l asse s factory. You ain't talkin' sense! " W a ll e f ye think I am locoed, w't ye goin' ter do? L e t ea sy m o n e y g i t b y ye? I'm offerin' ter bet! The s p ea k e r aga in flo uri s hed a fat r oll of bills in his t a nn ed h a nd He l ook'e d wil!h some contempt over the f a c es o f the m e n a b out him, some eage r, some wistful, som e in c r e dul o u s b u t all t o uche d w ith so me hidden fear. The part y we r e al o ne, the y kne w in the Blackfeet ln di a n c ountry Tha t m eant d a n ger! T h e camp fir e b efo r e them w a s one o f the fir s t that h a d bee n lig ht ed in the comntry b y whit e m e n. Its e x tin g u is h men t h a d b e en o rd e red by a messenger f r om t he I ndia n v ill ag e a f ew m i l es awa y a nd this glisten i n g copp e r-col ore d yo un g bra v e h a d deliv e r e d hi s me s sage in t r u e I ndia n s t y l e He h a d ridd e n bol d l y into the palefac e ca m p, w ith han ds ext e nded in the shap e of a great 1 Y ," t q e uni ve r sa l Indian s i g n o f p e a c e ; the n he had l op e d u p o n h i s Indi a n pint o p o ny, and had pointed to the Eas te rn sk y n ow r e d w ith the descending sun. Go the lad cri ed. The go lds eeke r hunter, trapper, Indi a n fig hter, and scout w h o w as gi ve n th e m ess age knew well what it m ea nt. He no tifi ed h is co mp a ni o ns a nd now there was being hel d a c o t ; m cil of wa r. Sho uld the party r e m a in? There was no o n e a t a ll o f th eir r ace n ea r a t h a nd to aid the m . A d ecis i o n t o r e m a in mu s t b e accepte d with a great d e al of ca ufon ; it m eant wa r t o t!Je knif e w ith a blo odthirs t y s avage foe. I And ye t t o go? T hat mean t th e e n d of man)! go]d e n T h e Blaald e et co un try h a d b ee n the o bjecti v e point of m any w hit e m e n f o r yea r s It was kn ow n t o b e ''a milk a nd h o n ey c ountry, ri c h in go ld in gam e in all th e w hit e m a n lu s t e d f or-a nd it wa s safe from the m in the h a nd s o f t h e reel m a n. And the o n l y way to g e t a ll they crav e d eve r y white man a r ou n d t h e ca m p -fir e k new, w a s t o c r ave p e rmi s s ion of a n I ndia n c hief-wh o m eve r y o n e k n e w wa s c er tain to refuse it-an d h ere was a c r azy m a n offe ring to b e t that he co ul d ga i n the desire d p e r mit! No n se n se "By hec k. c ri e d a t all, yo ung, cleans h a v e n s cout I 'll tak e a littl e e n d of tha t ca s h! "Let' s pool it off," su g ge s t e d a third man, a nd s oon s everal of the band of brothers, chipped in v ari o us amounts, and quickly had "covered" the bettor s wager, and there was a general air of relief all about. . "AU right!" a _tall man "The bet's l?J.J. t how about Dwarf Dan an' hts boys? Are ye gbm to get permission of him to remain after you have got it from the Injun, old Arrow Head-that's his name isn t it?" laughter followed the la s t sentence, and the giant who had spoken scowled at the boi s terous jeers flung at him. You boys will laugh now," he snapped, but wait! I know Dwarf Dan and his gang and there isn't a man here that does know Dwarf Dan as I do. With Injuns on one side and Dwarf Dan on the other-and he's got his gang with him you know, every man an outlaw-we have got to w alk Spanish. The man who is of the opinion tha t we have got rid of Dan and his gang, ain't talkin' sense, ye know ; he plumb ain't! "Thet's so ," the man who had made the rash bet spoke up. I hev some kaowleedge o' thet feller Dwarf Dan myself, an he s meaner then th' hull Blackfoot tribe together-he never fought a man open handed in his measly life. An' say boys right hyar let m e tell ye that I knaws suthin' 'bout thet hoss-stealin' that came off last night-" There was a roar from the party about the fire. Hey Frosty! yelled a man, ef ye knows suthin' git it eout o' yar sy stem quick. I'm pinin' fer knowledge as to how them bosses of ourn was stolen." I didn t say thet r i knawed who git em-I sed I knawed suthin' about th' jol5. But I ain't goin ter stay hyar__plav e rin' 'bout our bosses or Dwarf Dan-I'm goin' ter g e t them tarms o' t he Injun chief." we can't a fford to lose ye at this stage the game," remarked a big chap with a kindly face. You're the only one among u s that knows this very bleak, wild country. Before we sa crifice you for a chance at th e hills, by George, I will lead us all out of this place, you bet." "That's what we ll do Frosty! chimed in s everal voice s which told the story that the rough bettor was a favorite among the venturesome gold-hunters. "We can t dig for gold without Arrow Head' s consent and he' s already orde red us out of the count r y Black Tom is right, though-we' ll leave the kentty 'fore we'll let you take chance s of b e in kilt." For a moment the man who was bound to take chances was s ilent. The words of his companions had touched hi s h eart, and his e y es seemed almost to be swimming in tears Boys he cried. Frosty Paddock ar' one o them kind what kin appreciate sech words, but it ar' n o use talkin'! Ef it war d ay light enough I'd like f e r ye t e r s ee th e hill s around ye. They're chock full of goldch o ck full. N o w wha t's thj! u s e in goin' back when A rrow H ea d kin be brought around jest ez e asy a s I kin turn a flap-jack ? I'm goin to do it. No! I'll not h ear a word B lack T o m Do y ou see thet foot?" and the spe aker thrust his ri ght foot forward into the ruddy light of the camp fir e At a n y other tim e s ome rough, laughable remark would have been p assed conc e rning the size and s hape of that f oot; but n o w none gre et e d it s owner ; all g az ed s ilently at the member enc a sed in a dirty moccasin tied with a le ather thong over instep. The t foot kin do more...,.ith Arrow Head than all the talk in the world ," c o ntinued Paddock. You ve h eard of masonry and sech-like, boys; but I know suthin thet none o' you ever heard of! With thet. old moccasin I I /

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3 kin walk all over Blackfoot land, an' dig in e v ery hill above groun'." Frosty Paddock the guide, was now becoming more than an isol a ted member of the band ; he was now an object of uncommon intere st on the' part of his friends He stood in the center of an op e n-m o uthed crowd whose members were staring at the ungainly foot that he kept in the foreground. "A good deal of that may be mere talk!" ventured a voice on the out s ide of the crowd. Mere talk ? Who said thet?" c r ied the guide, Frosty "Ah, it war you Mr. Ramsden. Mebbe it be you who don t know what he s talkin about! Whar' s yer ten dol lars thet says that I can t do it? " In my saddle bag, answered the person called Ramsden, who was a young man of three and twenty. "I saw you had been betting 'a h1,mnerd' so I thought that I would g e t into the game myself, and with my poor ten spot, at that. " Git t' y e r cash quick, roared Paddock. Put it up! You're one o them cha,ps I t hought would be in oppersition. . The la s t s ente nc e was muttered in a tone of self-satis faction; it did not reach Ramsde n's ears, however, for the young man had stepped to a pair of leather saddle bags into whose capaciou s depth s he had thrust large but womanish hands. B y the eternal stars, he can t bluff me! Ramsden said to the man who strode to hi s s ide to dissuade him from making the bet. "I don't want his money. I'll do nate all I win toward getting him a tombstone. But I won t be bluff e d especially b y a -dirty Yankee like him." A s he utte red the la s t wor:d, Arie l Ramsden, the young est man in the camp drew a sm all b a g of gold dust from one of the pocket s of his saddl e -ba g, and sp rang toward Paddock. Here I am cried he. I w as never b e aten out at the game of bluff y et. And m y la s t ten dollar s s ay that you can t g et a p ermit from Arrow H ead for us to search for gold in this country. Now my friend I've got the bulge on you-it's a case of put up or shut up! "\ A riel Rams d e n w as so e x cited th a t h e did not s e e the low e ring lo o ks o f the men who surrounded him. His e y es were full of t r iumph and sinister purpo se. F T o sty Paddock the trusty <:>ld guid e o f the wild-world quickl y ran hi s bronz e d hand ben eath the bosom of his shirt and produced a bag s imil a r to th e one th e youth held. Here' s m' ca s h he snapp ed. T a ke the du s t T om! If I git Arrow Head's p e rmit its all mine-if I don t hand it over ter thi s bo y I'm coming back if I am a corp se when I ge t h ere! I am coming back to you all boys if I c o me as a gho st! Black T o m, the se le c t e d captain of the Adventurers, did n o t co me f orward without urging. "I'd r ather n o t h o ld the sta kes he remon strated. "It look s 'sif I had a hand in lettin' you go on this fool s errand, Frosty." N o body 's makin me go I wante d t' go. We want the gold in these hills an' thar' s the old shoe what kin inlock the mountains fer us." The wager wa s placed in Black T o m's hands, Rams den not objectin g to the s t a ke-h olde r. A s he turned away his face wore a leer o f devilish triumph, seldom seen in one s o young. He fairly clenched his hands as he moved off nor did he pause, until h e had left the camp several rod s behind him. I wa s itching to get y ou s tarted Abe l Paddo ck h e hissed. You might a s well walk pini o ned int o a river as into Arrow Head's camp. Things are working ad.: mirably. Five had got their quietu s There are seven teen With you out of the road Frosty, it'll be an easy JOb! But for fear that moccasin bu s iness migh t help you, I'll guard against that. W e all know Samson's po we r lay in his hair. Y ours, yo u s a y, F r o s t y lies i n your moccasin " HOw about stealin g that?'' If a great shell filled w ith powder warranted to blo w him into fragments, had dropped hissingl y at his feet,. Ariel Ramsden could not hav e s tarted back quicker, than he did when he heard the une x pected voice. Ramsden in his rage and hatred had spoken aloud and he knew from the voic e that he had been overheard. He laid his hand on hi s pistol belt with a furtive, and sly motion! "No shoot in' necessar y pard!" cried a tiny voice, and the next moment Ramsden s tepped forward to gree t a pigmy; a tiny trifle of a man, not five feet tall; with a pair of broad should e rs, and a white face set with a pair of eyes tha t glistened and glared like tho s e of a tiger. Not a word! added the tiny dwarf, for such he I've he ard every word tonight-that plea sant hint about the horses-all, all! You may oount on that cash, for : Frosty' s lost it right now. It's all right over the hillsbut for our party, not for his. no, not for him! Pard, say you ain't seen the half of it all yet. I know thars -solid gold hills hereabouts! And say, they knows. know it back thar-I heered them me!" Quite right. Yop haven t been spok e n of in a-weir,.. in a v ery complimentary manner in Frosty's camp tonight.. Meaner than all the Blackfee t tribe,' I think the y called y ou. " Yep. I heered thet! We'll let im go all right, and try A r r o w Head! I ll not be fur off if ye want me. Keep cool! Don' t give him a chan s t t o fire y ou out o:f their c amp. We didn't have no trouble last night. The roan w as a lettle restive but after we cut her out, she w as all right. Arrow Head, when she had come to thought h e r a beauty. " Arrow Head? ' Ramsden echoed looking at tlie \dwarf w ith a grin. Yep We fellers sometim e s git inter bed with queer f e llers o uten h yar in the Blackfe e t country ,' replied the d warf with a to o thle s s grin. But-. " Li s t e n The con s pi rators turned their faces to ward the rising moon! The mo o n w as jus t sho w ing h e r g olden disk over the edge of a hill and made by the rays to app ear of giganti c size two men saw .the form of Fros t y Paddock, l a nk,. tall gnm and menacmg stand full in the rays like a figure car v ed in blood The n ex t moment the figure di s appe a red. I wo nd e r if h e s a w us?" s hrill e d R a m sden in a thrill in g v o ic e If he did it' s all up w ith me! The d warf looked into the youth's face. His mis sh ap en form was s hiverin g as if agu e stri cken and his tee th c h attere d and his face was w hite with nervous dread I dunn o h e g a sp ed. "Hope he any way,. y ou ve g ot t' take th' chan s t and go back an' face the mu sic. Ef h e ha s got ne x t t' ye I'm wonderin' how he'l l finish it-if he ain t ne x t, ye kin still play the game out boldly." Rams den m o odil y s hook his he a d He argued for some time w ith th e dwarf, then with hi s arms folded and his

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'I 4 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. face sunk on his breast, gravely started back to meet whatever fate had in store for him, in the camp of the She was a girl who could not have yet passed her seventeenth year. men he was trying to de stroy by his treachery 1 CHAPTER II. A DANGF.R THAT SPELLED DE A T H.-THE QUEEN OF THE GREAT BLACKFEET NATION.-A WHITE She was rather dark-skinned, but very beautiful with deep-blue eyes, and grace ful figure. Clad in a rather. fantastic garb profusely adorned with beads, she presel!ted an appearance which would have commanded great attenQUEEN'S PLANS. The chief village of the powerful Blackfeet Indian nation, stoo d jus t b eyond the hill s that borde red the goldhunters' ca.mp on the north, scarcely thre e miles away. The village covered the greate r po rti o n o one of the lovelie s t plains in the far. c o untry, and prese nted a most impos ing The B lackfeet could arm six thou sand warriors and them forth to battle; the nation, led by Arrow Head, t h e m os t unscrupul o u s and mercile ss red giant that ever trod the war-path, had ne ve r s uffered defeat at the h a nds of a n enemy. It was aggressive, unco nquered, always conquering On t h e western s ide of the village of the Blackfeet grew a thick e t of tall young trees which, standing at singularly equa l d istances from one another, might have made an ob s c t ver b e lieve that they had been planted there by the hand of man. Her e the Indians l o ung e d on the yielding grass through the heated terms, and watched the rude games that the young bucks ket?t up with much spirit. The natural grove was thronged with Indians; every whe r e was o b se rvable the tall, sinew y figures of the B l ackfee t. On one spot a grmup of chiefs were con;ver s ing in se riou s t o ne s ; while at another, at the edge of the. grove a sce ne of merriment was b e ing enacted. A number of Blackfeet boy s ranging from thirteen t,o seve n tee n years o age were trying to break a young h o r se Th.e p e rsi s t ent efforts of the youths had attracted a crowd of o ld e r braves who every n o w and then ap plauded the would-be trainers of wild animals, by a b o i $ terous clapping of hands. A s t out l a riat had be e n passed around the colt's neck. This in tum h a d b ee n maJe fa s t to a tree. Two bo ys were trying with all their might to h o ld the colt, by clinging to the animal 's mane, while another boy, twice throw n was trying t o m ount the bea st! The colt a powerful yo ung animal, was n o t the least exh a usted by his l o ng battle, and m ov ing around d e spite the efforts of the r ed boys, wa s preventing the pres i s t ent one f r om mounting. All at once, h oweve r, the watchful eye of the youthful r e d sk in saw a chance, and h e sprang like a panther astrid e of th e h o rse. But his victory was of s h ort duration, for the colt darted forward a fe w feet, and th e n planting his fore hoots s udd e nly in th e ground came to a halt which sent h i ri de r far ove r his h ead, a hand ful of mane attes tin g h i s futile hold. This h o r se's v i cto r y was r ece i ved with l ou d yells f r om th e specta tors, a nd Red Wasp, the unluck y b oy, pi c ked him s e l f up in n o good humor, aiJd not willing by any m eans to b'y it aga in But at this jun ct ure, and while the intractabl e c o lt was in the ull flu. h of s u ccess, there came upon the scene a p e r so n wh o e appearance was r ece ived with keen d e light. "IJ a lla! N i o l a na, our White Q u ee n, will ride Ki s h e wala the st r ong ' c ri c1 Reel Wasp. The oth e r Blackfeet bo ys with one accord clapped their hands. The pers on tl11t.s .rJreetcd, strange to say, was white! tion everywhere She reached the spot where Red Wasp had alighted JUSt as that iti.dividual was recovering his equilibrium, and said in the Blackfeet tongue: Kishewata threw Red Wasp? He can ride the earth with no danger of being thrown! . The eyes of the discomfited young Indian flashed madly at these words. -"Then let Niokana ride him if she da1e!" he cried. "Kishe:vata belong s to Reel Wasp--l'J.e shall be Niokaaa's if s he rides him! "Then R e d Vi/asp will have to give him up," came the ready response. v The Indian boy shut his teeth hard but said nothing further in an s wer \ The girl hbrriecl forward and fastened her eye s on the h orse, now uns eeured sa v e by the lariat. Red vVasp fol l owed slowly, a latent triumph over the White Queen rising in his eyes. Keep off! Keep off! cried a scc) re of voices to the girl who was advancing upon the horse v,rith her beautiful magnetic eyes fixed upon the beast But she paid no attention to tl'le warhings. When she reache d the hors e and began to stroke his beautiful mane the a s t o ni shment of the spectators kne} no bounds, and Red Wasp bit his lips. l '"Now I will ride Kishewata," the girl said laughingly, placing one neatly moccasined foot upon the lariat stre tched taut between th e s le e k neck and the tree The next moment s he vaulted upon the colt's back, pro ducing a toughened piece o f which she s hpped over the bea st's h ea d and into h is mouth a s she did so. Then before those in the tree could loosen the lariat, the girl leaned forward, and with a knife, that for a moment in the dying s unbeams -for it was late in the afternoon--cut the rope or lariat, and was off! A wild shout of e x ultation greeted thi s action, and those who lqoked saw the "vhite girl seated on the back of the c o lt, guiding him, as it app ea red, according t o her whim ' The latenes s, alm os t d1,ts kine ss of the hour enabled h o r se and r ider to di sappear in a mom ent, and Reel Wasp, who had claimed the colt, was overwhelmed b y th e cle rision of his comrades. For awhil e the red boy receivecl' the ke e n tongue-thrusts of hi s companions with a good grace. But he s oon l ost hi s temJ?e r and almost before tli e hoof beat s of the mastered colt had cea s ed t o so und h e was in the mid s t of a group of his deriders punishing them with blows of his fists that brought blood t o man y a Blackfoot ki' d 's nose! A few took sides with Red v Vas p and at la s t th e fight, ing became serious, knives fla s hed from buffal o b e l ts, and tomahawks were brandi s hed aloft; one lad was brought clown by a cleft cheek before the older Indians interfe red. It tt All at once with a cry that re s embled the growl of the lion as much as a htm1an voice a giatit came bounclitw over the green sward and without hesitation threw se lf among the combatant s Shame! Shame! he cried m the tribal t o ngue.

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 5 When we begin to fight among ourselves we will not stand long before our en emies." He immediately began to put an end to the fighting which he did in a suinmary if not cruel way. For awhile he sent the boys whirling right and l'eft with his brawny arms, and then, seizing two, one with each hand, he bro'ught their heads together in a series of. blows that' seriously endangered their skulls. Dropping the two first he had seized, he pounced upon a brace of others, and proceeded to serve them in like manne r. All the time he roared in his deep bullying voice: Shame! Shame! The you.ng redskins, not relishing the indignation and punishment which their disgraceful brawl had brought upon them, began to disperse. But they did not s-top' fighting until eight ,of their number had been well bu m ped. Go to your lodges -and learn to carry wa_ter and dress ski'ns thundered the giant, after theni. The Black feet r ought to hide their face s and weep. When the old warriors have gone to the hunting..:grounds of the Mani to tl, the Snakes will come and bind the once powerful Blackfo.ot tribes, the youn& warriors fight a\llong them selves hke w9lves. Go and h1d e your faces." The chief-'-fo r chief he was-seemed to be in a tempest of for with the last word he turne
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---, -------THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Kyd Dougl ass, th e b oy ma y ha v e thou ght that he d e t ected a threate ning gleam in the snaky eyes of Dwarf Dan, the outlaw. But his r e ply did not denote it. "Who has be e n s aying that I'm in love?" he queried. 4< Not surely Dan ? W hy I never s aw the girl till yes terday and I hear that s he is betrothed to a young Black iootl" Yer alway s disco v erin s uthin '," replied the dwarf. 4' Goin' to marry a young gre a s er, eh? Now, thet won't do. But gals take qu eer noti o ns, s ometimes Kyd-as you ihe v f o und thi s out mebb e you kin tell u s who the Injun lis] "'That sir, I can n o t d o. I d o not kn o w one Indian f rom an o th er-they all l oo k alik e to me The dwarf bit hi s lip. "I'd like t o kno w ," he said. "I'v e g o t a knif e or a :bull e t f o r th e h eart of tire s ku h k what trie s t e r ch eat me. F o r a m o m e nt th e m e n did not e x change another word. Thro u g h his l o n g, dark la s h es Dwarf Dan was s hooting arrow s of int e n s e at the b oy His lip s were com press e d b e n e ath his gra y mu s t a che, which hanging almost t o h i s c hin did n o t e nh a nc e his p e rson a i appearance. He s a w n a u g ht but the youth ; the tig e r w as watching the f a wn! W e 'll go h e said, .so s uddenly, a s t o startl e the trio w h o ) ;JCard Yo u kin h e v the gal an' w e lcome, ;l( yd <>n'ny k ee p ye r pe e p e r s o pen while ye'r courtin' 'her." The b oy r a i s e d hi s eyes, but did n o t smile. His looks s aid th a t h e w as i m clin e d to doubt Dwarf Dan's sincerity. All a t o n ce he f e lt a grasp on hi s right arm, and before h e co uld turn his head to inquire into the meaning of it, h e heard a vo ice whisper in his ear. "" D on t l e t D a n softsoap y e, Kyd," were the words the lbo y h e ard. I Ie s jest told the biggest lie that ever fell f r o m human lip s If th' gal's engaged t' marry an Injun don' t loo k at her! Let 'er go! Kyd Douglass, yer bones m ill bl e ach in Blackfoot land ef ye try to get her! T h e y outh list e ned spellbound to these words. He lk ew t h e man from whom they fell, and his answer was :a p r es sure o f the speaker's rough hand. That grasp poure d o ut the thanks of his heart, and as they rode s lowly thro ugh the Blackfeet village, his chin rested on h i s breas t. Hold o n thar! whi s pered Dwarf Dan, in a tone that halte d hi s foll o w e r s "Thar's a horse coming straight toward u s an' h e 's shod, too! The l as t w ords ins tantly J?.laced all on the alert, and Dan dre w hi s pi s t o l a s he lea eel forward to catch a glimpse o f th e s olit a r y horse a,r>proaching in a measured w alk A s h o d horse at that hour in the Blackfoot village -co uld t ell bl!lt o ne s t o r y to the quartette : It belong to and w a s und o ubt e dl y ridd e n b y a whit e man and he-Frosty P addock! A n m nd the lis t e n e rs in the dim light of th e stars stood the as h e nco l o eel l o dg es of the Indian s The scene was ghost ly, a nd th e tread of th e still un s een horse, did not,'" i n any m easure t a k e away the supernaturalnes s that in v e s t e d tim e and place Kyd D o u g l ass did n o t crane his neck forward for the p u rpose of s eein g the coming man. He kept hi s eyes fixed o n th e c h v arfi s h l eader, who pi s tol in hand wait e d with the eage rn ess o f th e Sicilian brigand for hi s prey. By the go d s s udd e nl y exclaimed Dwarf Dan. 4 The old f e llar go t the parmit; but not the one he came t o look fur. " M e bb e h e's s hammin H e 's a cute one, D a n." "Him s h a m min ? cri e d the dwarf, throwing a look / of contempt at the speaker. Doe s a man sham with an arrer in 'im? Look square .at him. The horse hes stopped. He hes been carryin' Frosty all over the Injun town to-night. He said he would come back dead-back to the camp he meant. Now hyar he comes ag'in. Give way, an' let 'im pass! Dwarf Dan' s face was pale as death as he drew aside to allow Frosty Paddock passage by. "Look ;:tt 'im keerful, boys, an' ef ye see a sign o' life say so, an' we'll finish the job." The horse bearing his ghastly burden came slowly f6r ward. The old guide had risen from the position in which we left him at the edge of the grove; he now sat tolerably straight in the saddle; his hands hung listlessly at his side, and the feathered barb of the deadly shaft was plainly visibl e against the bosom of his shirt. Dwarf Dan' s command to look at im keerful" was obeyed by the three as he went by. Kyd, the y outh, leaned forward and fixed his eyes on the guide's countenance nor took theni off until the horse had borne hi s burden out of sight. The dwarf captain drew a long breath. of relief as he turned to hi s companions. Wal, what did ye make out? he asked. D ead!" said the youth' s companions, and the youngster echoed : Dead " Didn t see a move?" queried Dwarf Dan. "Nary move!" wa s the answer. "He's takin the parmit down to camp." The dwarf showed his teeth at this brutal wit; but Douglass cast his eyes down the way that Paddock had gone. 'There was a something in the boy's countenance which told more than he had spoken concerning Frosty Pad dock's condition; it seemed to give the lie to the word that he had just uttered. To be plain, Kyd Douglass had detected a lifting of the eyelids as the stricken guide rode by. More : h e had thought that in the opening of his keen orbs the Yankee had realized his situation. I'll keep this from them," the boy had said, to him self. "They'd finish the Indian's work if they knew. Frosty, you and I have a great work to do in the Black foot country! "Thet's the first dead man I ever see'd ride a horse!" said the dwarf, breaking in upon the youth's thoughts. I hope they all don't do it in this ken try. Boys, we've got the winnin' hand. When we ve did the other job these mountains an' their gold ar' ourn. Isn't this wuth risking one's skin fur? We don t want any pardners. Four ar' enough: four? no I furgot Ramsden. Five ar' most too many! and the speaker sent another quick glance at the boy. All we hev to do is to act kind o' white with Arrer Head; keep away from the red gals. W e didn t come hyar to make love. We come fur goldgold! Don t furgit that." ''If I let a woman's face drag me from the yaller re>cks, '} I want to be shot! said one of the men. The other echoed the same opinion; but Kyd Douglass was silent. Fortw1ately his abstraction was not inquired into by Dwarf Dan; but one of the men was not unobservant, for he leaned forward and shot these words into the boy's ear: Leave us, Kyd, an' go back. You can't fool the cap'n. He's got the tiger in 'im, an' he's marked you. Go back an' leave the gal; let her choose between Dan an' the Injun!"

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THE/ AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 1 Kyd Douglass did not reply; but gave the speaker a look that said: Go back? I'll die here first! When the quartette resumed its ride, it was to move quietly through the silent town without disturbing a single inhabitant. "We'll bunk hyar, fur thar's no use in disturbin' the chief till mornin ," said Dwarf Dan, drawing rein in the grove. Morgan, I want you to do me a favor. Go down and see ef Arrer Head hesn't left the village. He war talkiri' about reconnoiterin' Camp Frosty. Mebbe he's gope." The men thus addtessed looked into each other's faces and then glanced at the boy. Ef ye won t go, I'll go myself," said the leader, ta'rtly, scowling at their hesitation. "No; we'll go!" was the response, and a later the two men glided away. They went down into the Blackfoot town and heard the heavy breathing of Arrow Head in his own capacious "Dan knowed we'd find the old chief hyar," Marley said to his comrade. I wish we hedn't left the boy. He' s in danger when--" -The sharp report of a firearm broke the man s sentence and sent both forward. "If he' s teched the young 'un! said Marley, clenching his great hands. I war beginnin' to like im. Somehow or other, the boy war gittin' a big hold on my old heart." The men sprung forward and ran swiftly between the lines of lodges; they reached the line of trees and came, suddenly upon a man on horseback. In his right hand he held the bridles of two other animals. Marley Morgan uttered an oath as he bopnded forward, and laid his hand on the man s knee. Whar's the boy? he demanded. Dwarf Dan looked down upon him witli a devilish gleam in his evil eyes. The boy?" he echoed, strangely. "I don't know." Marley Morgan clenched his teeth till they cracked. Dwarf Dan;'you lie! he cried and the next moment he had jerked the dwarf from the saddle and was holding him at arm's length, his tawny hand at his meager stretch of throat. CHAPTER IV. BLACK TOM A N D THE WOLF.-ARIEL R A MSDEN'S DISCOVERY. -TOM BARLOW STOPS THE SHOOTING AT ANGELS! It was man's inordinate lust for gold that had led all but two of the party, headed by Black" Tom Barlow, into the wild Blackfoot country. Not many days prior to the opening of this history the party had left St. Louis. A report almost too visionary to obtain credence anywhere, had reached the ears of Barlow and a few reckless companions who, for some months, had been loafing around the city, waiting, Micaw ber-like ; for something to turn up. There was gold in fabulous quantities in the Blackfoot country; the hills were full of it, the beds of streams deep in virgin gold; it was the land of Oph1r-the real El Dorado. Fired by this report, Tom Barlow began to hunt up a lot of congenial spirits St. Louis, at that time, they were not hard to find ; and m than a week after receiving the news, twenty-four d _armg men had flocked to Barlow's banner. Money was needed to furnish an outfit; it came from the pockets of a youth named . ./ Douglass, who appeared strangely among the ranks of the adventurers, and seemed eager to penetrate to the al most unknown land of gold and-death! He was the brave lad that so far, has played such a fine part in the Blackfeet country! Fr:om the first Tom Barlow was the chosen leader of the expedition which left the city with much secrecy; but as the way lengthened before them, arose in the ranks. Before the bank of the upper Missouri had been reached, the continuous quarrels between the leading mis chief, Dwarf Dan, and Barlow, had ended in blows, and one night' the dwarf and four others left their companions-stole silently from the camp, leaving behind a written threat that they were going tq join the Black feet and assist in their (Barlow's party's) destruction . Now the desertion of Dwarf Dan and three of his companions did not surprise the others; but that Kyd Douglass, the youth by who s e generous aid the expedition had been fitted out, should make one of the party, was past comprehension. I didn't think that sech a scamp as Dwarf Dan could influence sech a sensible boy!" Tom Barlow would al most invariably say when referring to the subject. "The devil's in the young-' un," Paddock would exclaim. Heven't I noticed 'im ever since we left Saint Louie? He hesn't been still a minute; but jumps about like a frog on a hot griddle. Why, menny a night I've seen 'im come down to the edge ov the camp an' look to'ard the Black foot ken try an' say-' I wish I hed wings We creep along like snails ; we'll never git thar!' Menny a time I've. heard 'im talk thus when he thought nobody heard 'im. Under these sarcumstances his goin' away don't 'stonish me. Dwarf Dan may hev gone up thar to git all the gold; but the boy sees suthin' else." "What could he see up thar but gold, Frosty? Why, thar isn't a white face up yonder!" Mebbe not, Tom. But gold never makes a boy act that way. I've see'd too much o' human natur' to come to thet conclusion." Such conversations would always result in a victor for the Yankee guide, and he would leave Black Tom in a state of doubt and perplexity. Ariel Rams den, a man already encountered by the reader, was the second "young man" of the party, and was w ell built and handsome. If Frosty Paddock had bestowed upon him the atten tion that he had given to Kyd Douglass, he would have discovered that there was another youth eager to reach the laqd of gold. But the old guide had taken more than a passing interest in Douglass; hence he did not care much for / Ramsden. Ariel Ramsden was brave almost to recklessness. In the little battle with the Indians in which the band had los t several men he had displayed great bravery, and Tom Barlow had dubbed him a man to be trusted." But none saw the secret conversations that took place between Dwarf Dan and Ramsden, prior to the former's desertion. A few moments of eavesdropping might have altered Black Tom's opinion of his trusted man. With this digression, it is now time to go back to the gold-hunters' camp in the valley in Blackfoot land. It has been seen how Frosty Paddock's farewell words affected Ramsden and Dwarf Dan who had met at the edge of the camp. It was almost daybreak when Ariel Ramsden went back to the camp and crept silently to the spot he had lately f

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8 THE AMERICAN INDIAN .WEEKLY. left. The fire was burning low, and the figures of the gold-hunters in many a grotesque position greeted Ramsden's eyes. 1 Food for bullet and tomahawk! murmured the young man, looking at his sleeping companions. It is a s tonishing how far a man will go to-die. Well, sleep on, boys; you ll ne e d rest before this drama of the Far North-west i s played through." Nois e l e s s ly Ramsde n sought the blanket which he spread near the fire; but he could not s leep. His restless tos s ing promi s ed to waken his comrades. "The re d be growling if I roused them," he s aid. "I'll go down to the water and watch fo r morning there." Again the y oung man left the camp ; but this time not unse en. The eye s of Black Tom Barlow were upon him, and the burly figure of the captain of the gold-hunters went noi seles sly after him .. Ramsden did not lead Tom Barlow far, for near the confin e s of the camp, he threw the blanket at the foot of a tree and ca s t his frame upon it Queer! muttered Barlow, in a somewhat disap point e d tone. "A fellar's up to no good when he gits so restle ss After all, mebbe he fought so back on the Katch e wan because he bed to. But Barlow did not go back and leave Ramsden alone. S o me startling thoughts were running through his head. He was c alling up the many singular and, until that hour, mysterious r e m arks about Ramsden, which Paddock had casually dropped from time to He rememberetl now tha t h e had s een Ariel scowl at young E>ouglass, and tried, in vain t o call up a time when he had seen the two youth s in converse. T o m B arlow had food for deep thought, as he stood the re in the hour b e fore dawn ) watching the young man who, he thought, was to beaorr\.e the evil spirit of the camp. All at o nce the sound o f hoofs fell upon his ears. A ri e l Rams d e n not a s le e p for a moment leaped to his f e et and B arlow a s he started forward, despite his self c ontrol, coc k e d the rifle tightly griped by his tawny h a nds Mo r e b o s s -thi ev e s? he a s ked himself. By Cieorge! thi s ti m e theyll find som e bod y a wake an' they 'll git a d ose o' l ea d that'll d o em good." T h e h q o r b eat? cease d e ven a s BarLow muttered; but s o o n a:f>ter t h ey w e re heard again. T 1 1 e y r e c o min g u p th e h ard b e d o f the old river! B l a c k Tio ) s a id. "Now i f th e y hev esi g ns on the camp, they' ll c o m e ove th e hill s an' ri ght do w n thi s wa y .' : A r i e l am s d e!f, sta ndin g und e r the tree, heard the tread 'of tl;Je un see n h o i se with, th e sa me clearne ss that rewa rd e d Ba)\1 w s atte nti on. B ut th e yo un g m a n th o u ght that Dwarf Dan wa s com in g back. T h e r efo re, w h e n with h e fir s t s treak s o f dawn a h o rse a pp eare d o n th e c r e s t of th e littl e knoll upon which b oth m e n h a d .fi:xe d th e ir e y es, h e started forward with an excla m a tion Dan it i s on his lips. B ut it was no t Dwarf Dan. A ri e l Rams den m ade thi s di s covery, and came to a s udd e n h a lt. D aylight w as fa s t illuminating the sce n e H e s aw th a t the hor s e was without a saddl e but his rid e r sa t him with gra c e and ease. "It's an Injun g al!" e xclaim e d Tom Barlow, gazing in a s t o ni s hm ent up o n th e s tatue-like figur e s of the steed an d ri der. "Now, wh a t d oes the boy intend to do? Mebbe he's in a love-scrape already. An' I'm ter see a meetin'.'' But such thoughts were speedily dissipated, for the captain of the gold-hunters heard an oath fall from Rams-. den's lips, and saw him feel for the' rifle that leaned against the tree . "Fate has her into my power," he murmured. "I can not be mistaken. It is she! Shall I let this opportunity slip, and then have to .follow her into the mazes of the deathly Blackfoot land? No! Not when a bullet can settle matters for all time to come. I can go back and say that .I fired at an Indian. If they come out and find a white girl they will curse my hastiness. But they dare not punish me. Yes, 1'11 put an end to the trouble she has caused us for fifteen years.'' Black Tom did not hear all the words, but he heard enough He too, now saw that the rider of the horse was a white-girl, clad in the fantastic garments of the Black : foot maidens . The animal appeared to be jaded fro:n hard riding. But the girl kept her head well erect! _. Ramsden was as yet unseen by the girl. But the eyes of Captain Tom were on him! Ha! The camp of the gold-hunters! suddenly cried the girl in good !English. They are the men who must leave the count f y, or the Blackfeet will kill them. The little white-man and Arrow Head have put their heads together, and they swearthat the hunters shall never go back to tell theirpeople that the hills of the Blackfeet are full of the yellow metal. When the five days they were given to leave t he country are up, their camp will be full of dead men,. What shall Niokana do? She ought to go and tell her white-people. No! Not now. By and bye when she learns how little white-man and Arrow Head are going to fight them, she will come and tell." "You never shall, my traitress! hissed Ariel Ramsden, throwing his rifle to his shoulder. I'll make a round million by this shot, and fill Black Tom' s camp with dead men besides But there were eyes upon him that never lost sight of a single moment, and when the sharp report of a rifle broke the s tillness of that Western dawn, Ariel Ramsd e n staggered back with a shriek. His right an;n hung limp and blood y at his side, and his rifle s o lately lift e d against the girl 's heart, lay un dis charged on the ground. N o s hootin' at ange l s when Torn Barlow s about!" said the c a ptain of the g o lcl-'hunter s stalkin g toward the m an. Git out o' th' camp! You're the mean e s t d og v v h a t ever followed hone s t rrien Look hyar, A ri e l Ramsclen-thar goes the gal! Wall, let her go she i s n t ridin back alive by y er grace. Who is s he? The q uestion was shot fairly at Ramsden, as Niokana and h e r h o r s e s uddenly dis appear e d over the brow of the knoll. But the y outl1 bit his lip and, instead of a reply, sent a gleam of tigeri s h hate at the questioner. Who i s s he? repeated Barlow. Find out if you can! was the defiant answer. You will not tell me? " I will not. " D o you know? ''I do.'' Black T o m stood for a moment before Ramsden. His clark rough face wore an undecided expression : Did I break your arm, Ariel?,. suddenly he said. no pity in his tone, none in his eyes, but

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THE MIERiCAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 1 g instead there was a sneering hint of laughter in pose and expres sion. "I-I think you did! came the answer. You may thank your stars thet I didn t put the bullet into your head. w e're goin' ter dissolve pardnership. You must lea v e Camp Frosty-leave it furever, fur if you com e l:iack, we ll shoot ye down like a dog. Ye'r young yet and thar's s tuff in ye to make a good man; but we don t want to bother with the makin'. I guess you've got fri e nd s h y rabout s Now git out." Ramsden stood s till for a moment after Barlow's speech. Then his hands ome face darkened with anger, as he advanced and r a i s ed his left arm. "You've got me foul Black Tom Barlow! he cried. I'm at your mercy, and cannot but obey. I will leave Camp Fros ty, but I'll come back again I'll do better than the fellow who has g one after the permit. He' ll never came back-never! You don t know why I sought the Blackfoot country. But it wa s for a purpose. If you are good at gue ss ing you might not s hoot wide of the mark, from what y o u have heard and seen tonight . You will n o t a lwa ys f ollo w me, d o g-like a s y ou have cjone to day. The tim e will come whe n you will not be near to save the life that ha s just gone o v e r the hill. And I s w ea r b y t he g o od of H e av e n and the bad of Hades that for e a c h drop o f bl oo d that ha s f a llen from my arm to day, fift y s hall flo w from your h eart and the h earts of the m e n yo u l ea d Thi'S i s no b oy's thr eat. It's a d e vil s! Go od -b ye, T o m Barlo w I 'll s e e yo u l a t er! W ith a l o o k tha t was bitt e r e n o u g h almo s t to have kill e d A ri e l R a m s d e n turned hi s b ac k o n hi s captain and ur i m o l es t e d walk e d aw ay T o m B arl ow watched him out of sight without a word. I stirred the young 'un's bile! he murmured. Then with a smi le of utte r c ontempt o n hi s f a ce added: I wi s h l haclu t l e t him go. l I e's c o n \ c cl'ar 9ut h yar t o find that gal. Thar's a n1ys te r y about it! There was a slight express ion of fear on Barlow s face, as puzzled, h e hurried b a ck to the camp. Tom foun a the camp somewhat excited for the shot had thoroughly a r ou s e d the sleeping men! It war n othin' much,' Black Tom cried quickly. I shot at a wolf-hit him in the fore leg-that war all! " But whar's R'B.msden? Didn't you see him?" was asked. You bet I did. That war th.e name of the wolf I shot!" The rough men looked into Tom's face, but he did not explain / )'Boys, I know suthin'," he s aid. "We' re not goi'n' t' git the permit. Now, shall we go back and leave the gold?" The answer came from every man as if but one had spoken: "No! We' ll die first!" CHAPTER V. A FAfR IDEA OF THE MERCY OF A BLACKFOOT INDIAN. ARROW-HEAD MEETS WITH THE BLOODY DEATH-FIGURE. This determination was uttered br: the bravest spirits that ever had ventured into the Indian country. Standing round their chosen leader, with bronzed faces and clenched hands and tightly pressed lips, the band looked like men who would never blench from the cannon's mouth, and would never bre .ak their plighted words!. "Thet's the talk," cried Black Tom Barlow, their in-trepid leader. I like them sentiments! Over them hills ar' thousands of Injuns! But they shan t drive us out of this gold-land-not ef we don' t wish to go! This sentiment was received with k e en approbation, and at Barlow' s suggestion, the sixteen Adventurers held their naked knives abpve their heads and swore to accom pli s h the object of th'eir invasion of the Blackfoot country, or die together, in the. brave attempt. After this s olemn oath, at Barlow' s command the g o ldhunters seized their axe s and s oon the near-by fore s t rung for the first time with the sound of the white man' s peac e able steel! The Adventurers worked '."lith a hearty good will and the sun went c!own that day, as they threw the last lqg of a great strong fort in place; and which had been built around the only wagon of which the party could boast, a prairie sc hooner with a great canva s top and drawn by four half-tame d bro nch o s when in action. The fort s t oo d o n the level ground jus t wes t 0 f the little vall e y where Camp Frosty had been established. Be fo r e it stre tched a plain covered with alkali-dust and almo s t de stitute of any living thing, while b e hind, and on e ith e r s id e p atdies o f timb e r. At the unanimou s wish of the men the structure was call e d F ort Barlow and s t a nding where it did wa s a s d efiant a s a Gibi alt a r and it was s ure all kn e w t o be come the scen e of a sanguinary s truggle. The Blackfeet n ati o n wo uld n ever s uff e r i t t o r e main if they could de sti-oy it! Vi7hil e Dlack Tom and his men were working on their f ort, they ofte n wondered at the continu e d absence of Fros t y P a dd o ck! If th e l ank g uid e c o uld g e t the parmit" fro m Arro w Head t he n the o l d hill s \\o uld op e n the ir gold e n sto re s t o the white men; if n o t, the n mtl s t come the cras h oJ m ay h a p, d eath! what would the permit be ? \1\fould it be m e r e per mi ss i o n t o ge t out" of the Black f eet c ountry unatta cked, if one w ent quick ; or w o uld it be the "parmit upon w hich F r os t y h a d w a g e r e d his g o ld-du s t ? According to Blackfeet usage in case the permit to remain and hunt for gold was issued, Arrow Head wollld ride to the gold "hunte r s' camp and extend the mocc as i 1 on hi s right foot to Blac!<: Tom! Frosty Paddock a s serted this and all knew that Frosty knew Indian way s! But where was Frosty now? Where was Arrow Head? Little did hi s friends know that he had not long oefore ridden s lowly like a d ead-man through the great village of the stronge s t red-tribe in the Indian world! He had just passed Dwarf Dan and hi s followers_! The hold guide, however was not s o dead as he seemed. In fact while it looked as if his horse was taking him whither it pleased, as a matt.er of fact there was some quiet direction of the beast going on, after all! As Frosty pa s sed Dwarf Dan_ he saw that individual, and shut his teeth harder, but he was careful still to assmne the attitude of a dead man, drifting aimle s sly about on a hors e and thus pa s sed out of sight undetected; Dwarf Dau was s ure that he was looking at a dead man on an aimles s ly drifting hors e so Frosty pa s sed out of sight! N ow, what's to be did?" Fros ty muttered as soon as a safe di s tance had s eparated him from Dwarf Dan. I can t be o much account till I git s this hyar arrow bizi ness fixed up, an' out o' me! Some strange kinder strength seems ter be a keepin o' me up! That fainty fe e lin' is all Queer! By George Perhaps,

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10 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL-1. arrow hez s topp e d the blo o d flo w, an I'd b etter leave it whar it is a s tick i n' int e r me lik e fun-seem s e z if 'ut hed gone plumb through ter me back bone!" The moon which had s w e pt s l o wly from her bed below the horizon was now s hinin g with bewitching e ffulgence, and turning t o th e g o lden disk, Frosty Paddock gently open e d the bo so m of his hunting shirt, and while he grated his teeth, fixed his e y es o n the feathered barb that stuck in his brea s t. l I don t think it's tipped with bone or iron!" muttered t he guide. The b a b y Blackf oo t a rrow s are not such sure -d eath as th e g r ow no ne s It h e zn t bled much-a bad s ign. I'll try to pull it out! T h e fing e r s o f the guide s black sun-burned hands, now g entl y ye t firmly gras p e d the shaft and slowly drew it forth. As the point, sharp but barb e d a s the guide had fancied, left his flesh, a few drop s of blood welled from the wound The man's fa c e was ghastly in its pallor! I don t fe e l s o well! h e whi s pered. I wish I'd let the arrow stay whar it was. This may be the same case like I've know o'-wounde d man feels all right, till he pull s th' arrer out; then he dies quick-oh, ]i feel th' old s pell a c o min' back. Whar' s th' camp?" Frosty l o oked about with rolling eye s and face white as paper. His look s s howed that a terrible crisis of some kind was n ear. The c a mp! he murmured. Frosty Paddock, hev ye lo s t y a r m a nhood? Do e s a baby arrow scare ye like this? The man wh o t a lks about goin' back ter cam p without that h yar parmitr is a blood y coward, an I kin mop th' ground with him. Aha! The parmit! Thet's what I co m e h yar fur! H e wh ee l e d hi s horse s uddenly and urged it into a gal lop back o ver the ground he had just traversed, until the s h a r p rep ort of a fire-arm broke the stillneps. The h o r se st o pp e d without an y command and t urned its h e a d t owa rd it s rid e r as if for orders "The t'll r o u s e the Injuns! "muttere d Frosty. "They'll s w a rm out 0 th e l o dges lik e be e s o ut o a hive. Hello Wha t d oes th e t m ea n ? Hev the thi e ve s and outlaws fell out am o n g them se lves? The vo i c e s th a t fell u po n P a ddock 's ear caused him to turn in hi s sa ddl e t oward the west. He h ea rd Marley M o r g an dem a nd the boy, Kyd Doug las s' wh e r ea b o ut s a nd h e heard the answer and the retort th a t q uickl y f ollowed L e t Dan t o u c h th e t boy," grated Paddock. I've got m o ren a pa ss i n' int'e s t in im I'm one o' the few who kno w s what bro u ght im int e r this kentry Tech 'im if you dare Dan! A mom e nt o f a ttention told that Marley Morgan was grapplin g with the leader pwarf Dan! The g uid e c o uld not c o ntrol himself. I ca n t s t a y oute n a fight thar's no use tryin',"he e xcl a im ed. Bes id es ef D a n s t e ched the young my hand b e l o ngs in th' s crimma ge." H e started f o rw a rd, riding down the edge of the woods, but he had not procee d e d far when a figure sprang from b e hind a tree an d s t o p p ed hi s horse! ' Thank Heave n! y ou live! cri e d a youthful voice. I thought I s aw lif e in you a while a go. Don t go down t here ; l e t them fight and destroy one another. You see I am not touched ; tha t gun was mine. It went off acci dentall y Li s t en! th e whole village is r o u s ed ." Good! I ll get to see Arrow Head," said Paddock. The b oy Kyd Douglas s gav e him a s trange loo k ; then h e s aw h o w white and hagg a rd the guide wa s You had an arrow in your breast a while ago. Where is "Hyar!" and the scout drew the shaft 'from his and held it up before Kyd's eye s : "The boy what guv 1t to me hes stopped makin' sech presents; he's gone outen the bizness The smile that played with the corners of Padcl.ock s mouth as he talked, was ghastly. Kyd Douglass fairly shuddered "But I'm goin' down thar! said the guide, suddenly. Don't I know that voice that sounds l i ke the bellow ov a bull? Listen! you can t understand what he's s ayin', fur he 's talkin Blackf oo t. He' s cussin' all the people, swearin thet not one shall live .in his kentry. Thet means Frosty Paddock an' you, boy, just as much as any body. I'm goin' down af(' see about it." "No!" and Kyd Douglass held firmly onto the bridle. Vlhy, man, you d hardly get there. The arrow has given you your death-wound, Frosty. Come to the camp. I'll take you back. You'll have friends about you there! " Say, what ar' ye talkin' about? roared the guide, as he leaned forward and seized the boy s wrist. "Who is it thet says die to Frosty Paddock, before he gits the parmit? Young 'un, ef it warn't fur what I know, I'd knock ye into the middle o' next week. Take yer hand off the rein, boy, an' go back to the camp yerself. Tell 'em I'll be along arter awhile, with the parmit. I'm one o them what don't die til they re ready an' Old Frosty ain t ready, by a long ways, to go on the spirit trail." Kyd Douglass started back with a look of horror at the man, who with death apparently written in face and tone, could talk thus. Thet's right, boy; go back! I'll try an!. get the gal when I get the parmit. Go back! The outstretched hand of the tall guide point e d toy.rard Camp Frosty; ,but Kyd Douglass did not stir. And while he stood there, with his eye s still fastened on Paddock, the horse touched by the guide's heels shot not only dying but mad '.' exclaimed the young adventurer. He started after Paddock with the words on his lips, but he soon stopped; already the guide wa s out of sight. Meanwhile, on the spot where Marle y Morgan jerked Dwarf Dan from his saddle, there were loud voices. The accidental discharge of Kyd Douglass's gun, had rou, sed the I n dian village. Am1ed in an instant the Blackfeet poured from their lodges. Led by the giant and merciless Arrow Head, they had rushed to the scene of the struggle in time to wrench Dwarf Dan, already choked to insensibility, from Marley Morgan's grip! Of course the two deserters were surrounded in an instant, and then it was that the great chief lifted his voice and declared that the whites should be driven from the land that they had invaded. Marley Morgan heard all this without a murmur; but with eyes fixed on the dwarfish figure on the ground. I hope I've choked 'im to death! Morgan thought. He killed the boy-murdered 'im in cold blood .. These' words had hardly passed through the man'!' brain before Arrow Head, the Blackfoot, whirled upon him. White man kill his chief-Arrow Head's friend! " I hope so! "White dog glad eh?" The flash of Morgan' s eyes and the glance that he sent to the prostrated dwarf, answered Arrow Head's en venomed word s

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 1l With one majestic stride, the Blackfoot 'fiend before the man, who, \1eld by a score of scarlet hands, was as helpless as a captive in irons. "You got me foul," was all that Marley Morgan said, looking undaunted into the glittering eyes of Arroyt Head: The hatchet which the chief had lifted fell bloodless at his side. "Take th_ e white dog to the tree that stands in the 111oonlight and tie him there! he said to the braves who held Morgan. This command was promp.tly obeyed, and the gold-< hunter soon found himself fastened to a tree, with his face turned toward the Blackfeet. During the tying process, Arrow Head had not been idle, and when the guard had finished their work, six bowmen stepped forward. Great Heavens A:urow Head is going to treat me to the death he always gives a'foe! muttered Morgan. But I'll face it like a man. Look up, Marley Morgan; grit yer teeth an' cusS' the scarlet skunks to the last. But Fred Sellers will avenge me." As he 1.ooked he saw the shining tips of the Blacldoot arrows drawn to the bow. Shoot an' be hanged he cried. The next instant six bowstrings were released from the red fingers, and Marley Morgan's head dropped J upon breast as four arrows buried themselves in the seat of life. .An oath and a strange cry caused many to wheel and see Dwarf Dan standing erect, but still almost black in the face from his terrible choking. Arrow Head, with a cry of pleasure, spru,ng forwa!'d and seized the dwarf's hand. Arrow Head has struck! he said, pointing to the motionless figure at the tree. 1 Morgan? " Yes, Marley l He died like a man, too! Dwarf Dan said nothing; but his look told that he wa s glad. -"Gods! what a grip he had," he suddenly cried putting, his hand to his throat. "I saw all the worlds that shoot arou'hd the sun. _I'm gain' to see im. Mebbe he s not dead yet." "Arrow Head go, too." Dwarf Dan started forward. If the arrows had not finished Morgan, the pistol tha_t he held in his right hand would. The tree was not far away a cry from the Indian arrested Dan's progress. ".Wahhee!" (look yonder!) exclaimed the chief, pointing at an object which seemed' to have risen from the earth. Dwarf Dan was not a moment in recognizing it. Old Frosty! he cried, starting back fear-stricken. Look! he's dead Arrow an' sittin' bolt upright in the saddle! .With one hand clutching the naked arm of the Black foot chief, while the othe r pointed to the apparition on horseba't!k Dwarf \)an was the picture of terror. "Not dead?" said ,the Blackfoot incredulo.usly. "Dead as a tree cut to the heart! He's been ridin' through the camp all night without a speerit in his life box." "Arrow Head go see!" 'If'-" Thechief rudely jerked his from Dwarf Dan' s grasp, and strode boldly toward the silent horseman. A minute's walk brought him to the spot, and as he t t' raised his eyes to thefigure that sat motionless m the saddle his rei::l hand fell upon his knee : That touch seemed to break the spell, and old Fr.osty fell forward heavily, crushing Arrow Head to the eartht A wild cry of horror rung from Dan's throat. CHAPTER VI. YOUNG GLADIATORS.-KYD DOUGLASS MOURNS THE DEATH OF MORGAN.-SCALPED A,ND MUTILATED BY RED DEVILS. Like a ;nan in a trance, but with his eyes wide and star ing, Kyd Douglass saw Frosty Paddock ride away. What! go back to the camp just he told me to? he said at last. c Go back where Ariel Ramsden is, and leave her here while that merciless deformity lives-1 to plan-to possess, or kill! No!" and_ the boy shut h!s hands hard. I will not go back. I yv1ll see what he t,sgoing to do." He went down in Frosty's wake with these words on his lips; but soon halted before the s cene that we have just described. "That is the last of him!" he ejaculated as the dians, rushing forward, gathered around the fr?,m whose embrace Arrow Head had disengaged himself. I can do no good there, although among them I wourd safe-yes, safe until Dwarf Dan could get a chance to d<> with his hands what he could not do with his eyes to-night -commit murder. N_ow if I knew where she was! Dare I go down a9d lok for her? Dare I ? He went to the _right and walked boldly into the Black foot town. The spot where, on the previous day, he had encountered Niokana, the White Queen of the Blackfeet, he had not forgotten; and by the assistance of the moon soon. reached it. Boldly he threw aside curtains formed the door of Niokana's lodge but found it deserted. Was she a witness to the scenes trans piring at the edge of the timber, not far away? "I'll go and see!" said Kyd Douglass to himself. But before he could reach the spot he discovered that the Indians were returning to the village. The youth stopped and then as swiftly as flits the s hadow, he glided into a lodge and looked out. Past him poured the flood of savages. He saw Arrow Head and the Dwarf side by side, he saw thet Dwarf's companion, free but guarded by hundreds of evil eyes, and he wondered where Marley Morgan was. But a close scrutiny of the many female figure s that mingled with the men failed to reveal Niokana to the boy's eyes. He bit his lips with disappointment, and waited for the last Indian. Then he left the lodge and went toward the timber. There he found poor Marley Morgan quite dead, with his scalp gone-stripped off by some red-skinned as the job attested. He was one of_ my few friends," said Kyd with a sigh as he tur ned from the disgusting,. spectacle. I'll make the miscreants pay for this before I go back." After some study the boy to proceed at once to Camp Frosty with intelligence of the old guide's death. The spot was some miles distant; but the youth knew that by following the little stream -along whose J:>anks he was walking, he would come almost abruptly upon it. Therefore,, the first flush of dawn found him pushing in a southerly Besides the rifle that he carried he bore '{.pistol-a revolver on which he could depend.

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. M o re t han o n ce h e s t opp e d a n d l oo k e d w i stfully ba ck, for. e v e.ry s t e p, he be l i e ved, w a s t a ki ng him from the w h1te gtrl Q u e e n of th e Blac k feet I n t hese abrup t h e n eve r saw t h e figu re. in s t ature boy i s h lik e hi s ow n t hat follo w e d him in that un wea r ie d dog-tro t o f : the :Ame rican .I ndi an. The traile r did not try t o keep th e w hit e y outh a l ways in s i g ht, fo r t h i s h e co uld not d o ; he ca m e o n see m ing l y sati sfie d o f fina l s u c c ess. W h e n at l a s t Kyd thre w him self o n a J og f o r r e pos e the traile r b e gan t o cr ee p f orward w ith t he ag ility of the c o u gar. He n ever t oo k h i s s naky e y e s fro m th e yo uth and th e t o ma h a wk t hat h e graspe d w i th hi s r i ght hand was r ea d y fo r th e th r ow. B l ess m e i f I kn o w w hat I o u g h t t o d o, a t thi s l a t e h our! t h e youm g a d ventu r et: was s ayi n g to hi m s elf, co nt i nui n g t h e trai n of tho u ght i n to which he had uncon sci o u s l y fa'lle11. 'I;hey will n ot be h e l ped b y h ea rin g ab o u F r o s t y, a nd whil e I am away th a t deforme d tiger may carry o ut his design s I-I b elieve I w ill go back!" A t th a t 1 OJI)1e nt i n the gra ss j u s t b e hintl the l og, cr o uche d a v e r i t a b l e hu ma n l eo p a rd He bad h ea rd Kyd's eve r y w rei, a nd h e his h atch,.e t back i nto h i s b e lt. r h e n w i t h a sp rin g that wo u ld hav e r eflect ed cred i t th e m o s t ag i le of th e tige r k in d he sprung up a nd fe l U j n t h e you,t h s o h eav i l that b o t h went over t l 1 q.n.d rolle d s on,1 e d i s tanc e a w ay Kyd t a k e n b y surp r i s e , did Hot re c ove r u n ti l h e fion n d a ln.an I at h i s t h r oa t and sa w g l aring at him the eye s o a n IQ.d i a n bo y AJt h o u I n o u h e m h a d been b u l a s h o r t ti me in t he a c k fo h e t hose g l a ri ng t h a t he w a s in t h e grasp of Red Was p th e b etro t h e d of N i o kan a th e whit e gjrJ. w a s a l a u g h o v i c t o ry in the red s l { in 's eyes bu t K y d b y a d es perate e ffor t drove it out, for a ll a t e w r e n c h e d t h e du s k y hand f r om hi s tl1roat, a nd the' 1 e x t fibe;y s t o od ere c t b r eathing hard, lik e y outh f u l g l ad i a t o r s !Jiac e t o ace, h and to hand. "Wbitc b o y as cat!" sai d R e d W a s p, a ckn o wl e d g i qg h i s e n e my 's supp l e n e s s H im fir s t b oy eve r tum Red W a s p t h a t wa y ." [ a m eh? 'IVell { e el-sk i n I'm g l ad yo u f ound your m atcla. Yo u fo ll owed m e? "Re Wasp t r ail b oy. H i m h ave hi s head so full of think, hat b e cou l d n o t see b e h i11d him. Kyd d i d n o t r ep ly; but e yed t h e boy H e n o tic e d the muscles t h a t stood' out o n h is p owerful arms, bared to s ho u l de r and co ul d b u t inwar d l y p r ai se the mas sive che s t t h a t R ed Wasp ow n e d B oy stro n g so i s Red W a sp. Let u s fight." The India n's l a c o ni s m a t another time would have amu s ed Kyd D oug lass; but n o w a s h e s t oo d at arm's lengt h a nd, l oo k e d into the eag l e e ye o f th e young Black foo t he kn ew t};at a strugg l e f o r life and death w a s at hand Of c o u rse we w;ill fight! the b oy exclaim e d and t h e n e x t mome n t h e t ri ed t o jerk R e d W a s p fro m his foot i ng But h e might as we ll have tri e d t o uproo t a n oak tre e T h e eyes of t h e Indian b oy sent forth a merry t w inkle at t h e failu r e whic h se r ve d o nl y t o exasperate the w hite la d w h o w ith his te eth cl e n c h e d together, and his eyes flas hi ng, hurl e d him s elf f o r wa rd a ga in w ith irres i s tibl e force. B o t h th e b oy s wen t h ead l o n g t o the g r o und. T h e r e t h ey fo u ght, h o t and f u ri o u s N ow Red W a s p had the advantag e Then, in tunJ-, K y d the A d venturer, secure d a sh o rt-li ve d triumph. T w o anta g o ni s t s we re never b e for e so e venly m a tched. f If I can f o rc e hi m again s t a t re e! thought K y d, th e n, I'll have him at a dis a dvantage. T o acco mpli s h thi s the bo y s umm o ned all his p owe r s But Red \ a s p, a s if consci o us of hi s tactic s, baffled the attempt! \ As they s t r uggled the s un peep e d over the e a stern hills a nd c h ase d the l ast ves ti ge of the g l oom f r o m the gl a de It ba th ed th e d a n c in g r ipp l es of the littl e strea m near b y in go l de n b eauty : P uffin g a nd bl ow jn g c ove r ed wi th s wea t a nd almo s t exh a u s t e d the com b a t ants fought on. You re th e to u g h es t cu s t o mer I e ve r t oo k on! tho u ght K yd. If I c o ul d I'd ta ke yo u e as t ar1d pit you aga i n s t all c o mers in the fig htin g g a me y o u d b e a R e d Hope, thi s tim e I c o ul d m ake a pile o f m o n ey w i t h yo u Red wasp f o r w h e n you s t a n d up thi s way before Kyd Do u g l a ss yo u o u ght to h ave th e w r e s tl er's badge that I w o n t wo y e a r s ago-to say n oth in g of t h e s t r in g I wo n in sparri ng l a s t sea s o n As i f co n scio u s of the m enta l p r a i s e hi s h one s t young adve r s a r y was be s t owi n g u pon hi m th e Ind i a n 's l ook t ut;ned t o o n e pf prid e a nd the next m oment he t ook his h a n d s f rom hi s foe and f o l d e d t h e m a cro s s h i s chest. The w hit e boy opel'led h i s e yes with surpri se, a n d at' the p uzzl e d l oo k t h a t can'le t o hi s c ounte n a nce R e d vVa s p e s s a ye d a fain t s mil e . \ V hi te boy on l y one tha t eve r s t and up agamst Red \IV asp cr i e d the I nd i an, in h i s hars h ra s p i ng attempt to cope w it h the E ng l ish l a n guag e \ W h a t d o yo u mean? a s ked K:yd. . I n an s we r Red Was p p _ut out h1s h a nd 111 a f n e n d l y man ne r. "Wh ite b oy good fighte r, h e g unted We' r e eve n ," r e j o in ed the w hit e l ad For I'll tell yo u rirrht h e re th a t I n e ve r h ea r d o f an y o ne b efo r e-let a l one saw the boy-th a t co uld s t a nd u p a n d h o l d l hi s ow n t he w ay y0 u did t oday But ca n I trust you? They say you I ndia ns s h a k e h a nd s o n e minut e a n d s t a b a f e ll ow in the back the nex t ViJi t h a flas h in hi s d ark eyes at the a ccu sa ti o n the r ed s kin l ad s t e pp e d b a ck a n d d r ew hi s kni f e See knife? he q u es t io n e d h o l d ing it up b e fore Ky d 's eyes O h o f c ours e I do ." . The n the B l ackfoo t sei z ed the blade a t the p omt w1th hi s left hand, a nd w ith a quick s nap th e s teel was bro ken, and t h e t wo piece s la y at the w hit e b oy' s f ee t. "Tha t looks like business! cried Kyd, putting forth hi s h a nd but Red Was p drew haughtil y b a ck. White boy thought that the red hand did r10t mean fri e nd s hip? queried the Indi a n . "Red W as p will not touch hi s s kin till he ha s prov ed 1t. Go! T e ll the gold hunt':!r s tha t they will all die if they do not take up the trail tha t le a ds from the l and of the B lackfeet! F o r a m o m ent K y d s t oo d b e for e hi s young f o e thorou g hl y aba s hed R e d W as p I did n ot--" Go," cam e the intel(rupti o n "They must go or if they s t ay they mus t n o t s h u t their e yes The Indian' s h an d was not good e nou g h for t he w hite boy. He think tha t Red Wasp t o ld out a li e . Go T h e word iie was full of b itte r sarcasm, and while it g r a tin g ly thro u g h th e y o un g Bl ackfoot's cle nched t ee th h e d e liberatel y turned hi s back upon the white lad a n d b o unded away like a frightened antelope!

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... THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL Y 13 CHAPTER VII. DWAR F DAN POSES AS UNDERTAKER A N D SURG E O N.-BURIED IN THE AIR. A HORR I BLE SITUATION. \ If Kyd Doug la s s could have swept with his youthful vision the s p a ce that stre tch ed bet w een the new trail he was making and the Bl a ckfo o t village he might have be held a sc e ne that would ha v e po s s esse d more than pass ing interes t. Riding from the Indian town and toward a lot of hills makin g up the fam o u s Little v V ind m o untains and which s helt e r e d the famou s Robb e r s o f Little Wind, to which, he might have known had h e in ves tigat e d Dwarf Da,n and hi s gang bel o nged were t w o men They were Dwarf Dan, and Arrow Head, the imp l acable chief of the Bl a ck f ee t nati o n . The white man and the Indian were we ll mount ed but n o t equipped for a journey. Befor e th e d w arfi s h figure, o n the n e ck of his hors e and h e M in p lac e b y the d warf's stro n g hand s la y a body, rigid and mot ion l ess. The upturne d fa c e w a s gh as tl y an d full o f d eath, and th e eyes stare d strang el y into t he w icked face which n ow a nd the n l oo k e d i n t o the m They'll n eve r find him yo u s ay Chi) ef?" qu e s ti o ne d t h e dwarf, a s h e turne d in hi s sad dl e a nd l oo k e d a t hi s co m pa n i o n A r row Head w i t h a g rim s mil e Neve r find i m was the ec h o a n s we r tha t the d ee p v o i ce of the Indian gave Arrow Hea.cl w ill put white m a n w h e r e s unli ght n ev e r s ee im ." A n d n o t u n de r the g r o un d ? "No! I n air!" Dwarf D a n g ave the Ind i a n a pt1zz l e d g l a n ce. But he did n o t s p e a k aga i n until th e p arty fo un d thems e l ve s a m o n g th e hills o f t h e L ittl e Vhncl They w e r e n o w in t h e m i d s t of a ve r y wild s c e n e The r e we r e g r eat. ragge d p e a k s o n eve r y s ide. S o m e w ere frin ged a l m o s t t o the top s w ith a pri c k l y b u s h t hat m ade t h e h o r se s win ce a s t he_v wei:e u r ge d al ong. D a y l i g h t b ro k e a l m os t s udd enly u po n thi s sce n e and drew an e x clat 11atio 1 fro m D w arf Dan 's lip s "This i s t he w r y Dev i lls r.oos t lie w i t h a s h u dd e r t hat s h owed t h e s up e r stit i o u s part o f hi s nature "If th e go l d of Ophir wa r h y a r fe r th di gg in it mi ght rust a fore I d lift a pi c k agin th em r oc ks th a r G o ld all r ound! s a i d Arro w Head w ith a quick swee p of h i s b ro n ze d h a nd "vVhit e m a n c o m e h e r e quick i f ArrO\v Head s ay' com e !'" T h e dwarf d i d n o t r e ply 1\ b i r d l eaving it s g h o ulis h r e t r ea t flitted so n e a r h i s face t h a t i t s w i n g had ac tu ally t o u c h e d it "Bia b ir d t o u c h b r o th e r. e h?" o b s e r v e d th e I nd i an. 1 y:,.,, cuq ; e i t I sa y l e t' s gi t ot.tt o thi s r e gi o n as quic k a s w e kin. \ 1 \l har i s.J:he bury in g r o u nd?" 13ut A t T o w H e ad wa s i n n o hum o r t o hurry . .. This ba d p l a ce he s a i d Y e a r s ago I find i t. Tht>y c all it H u ngry T r a il! \1\fhit e ba n di t h e live here all Ciie o f th e p l agu e 1 S m allp o x e h?" cri e d t h e dwa rf. \ Vhit e m a n so c all i t, g r ave l y s aid Arro w Hea d I n d i a n call i t th e great p l a g u e T w o bandi t a s I s a y live h e re. O n e h e ge t th e p l ag ue. It wa s wi n ter, an d o n e b a ndit h e h av e s l e i g h a nd clog s t o dra w s l e i g h R n owit1g th a t s o m e h orro r w a s comin g s oo n the D warf h a lt e d and lis ten ed intentl y "On e b a ndit l oa d s ick-plagt1 e s tricken friend o n s l eigh. He turn him out int o great wil d -de so late t o die. I hide b e hind r o ck there-a nd I he a r th ese w o rd s : I'll turn y ou l oose, bound a s you are to die in the wilderness, y o u 'tarnel Plague-Spreader, cried the bandit. The .. clwarf shuclcle red'to think what must have been the fate of the man on the sle i gh, sick, and bound an d merci l ess l y turned ou t to die in the wilderness. What becor:ne of the man? he asked. "I don' t know. He go off by the team-I never hea r from him more. And' I kill th' man left, chuck l e d the implacable No white m a n ali;ve, but you e Fer c o me here smce Silentl y Arrow H ead rode away, followed by the dwarf, who ag a m shuddered at the scene that had christen e d this pl a ce The twain s oon rode into a clark oavernous place arched o v e rl; e ad b y r o ck s tl 1at alm os t e x clud e d the light o f clay flushmg the east ern Heavens, a nd Arrow Head, pausing for a moment slid from hi s s addle H yar at l a s t ar' we?" ej a cul a ted Dwarf D a n in a surpris ed t o ne, but o ne o f supre m e sa ti s fac t i o n 'cc I'v e wi s h e d forty th o u sand tim es s inc e we left your t ow n th e t I h edn' t in s i s ted o n a Ch r istian burial for Frosty! I wanted im t o h ev it fur the favo r h e clo n e m e in Saint L ouie A t the chief's co n:mancl t h e dwarf glid e d t<;> t h e g r ou n d, and Arr ow H e ad It f tecl th e body o f th e g md e f r o m th e s a d dl e . 1 T h e h o r s es e r e left i n th e ravine a nd t h d a r k nes::;, i gn i t e d a p r epa r e d t hat Arrow Hea d h ad c arri e d fro m t h e I ndian v il l age Now w e b u r y m a n i n ai r sa i d th e !ndi an, th ru sting t he t o r c h into Dan s hand. C:,too p i ng o Y e r Fro s t y Padclo c k1 t h e B l ackfo o t wo rk e d f o r f'e\ er
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14 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. .. A rrow Head will s how brother." The hand of the Blackfo o t encircled Dwarf Dan's arm and th e two went f o rward. Arro w Head s to o p e d and s wung the torch below him. It r evealed-w ha t? A man lying in a n e t-work of sinewy-rope and sus -pended from a s plint e red rock by a single cord Below the man was Egy ptian darknes s ; around him the dim glare of the Indian s torch. Dwarf Dan did not look long upon the He away with a s hudder "Thet i s n t the kind o a coffit1 I want! he said, in a weak attempt at humor. "By an' by white-trail e r g e t another one! said Arrow Head. "When?" Whe n rope get r o tten an l e t hir;n drop." '"Goo d God! s huddered Dan. How far would he 1ffall? A faint smile glittered in the redskin's orbs. "Watch!" he said significantly, as he whirled the torch about his head, and then s ent it whirling and hiss iqg downward, like a falling star. Dwarf Oan, with his mercile ss heart in his throat, ven tturecl. to bend over the edge of the cliff and watch the de scent of the torch. It s eemed an incredible time reaching the bottom of 'ihe underground chamber, but at last it struck, scattering its sparks in every direction. Almost immediately the 'torch w ent out. Dwarf Dan did not speak. 'But he turned to the Indian whom he could uot see. Com e cried the welcome voice of Arrow Head, and guid e d by 'the Blackfoot, Dan passed from old Frosty's tomb and soon after reached the horses which now stood revealed in the broad daylight. ... I wouldn t go back th; u fur all the gold in Chris'en .Com 1 said Dan, next venturing to cast a look at the hills beneath whose tops the hands of Arrow Head had entombed the famous guide of early times. The Indian gave him a look of lofty contempt, but did not reply, and urging their horses the ground, nbw comparatively level, they entered the village at a brisk gallop .. Now I'll hunt th e gal up!" said Dwarf Dan to him. self. "They've settled Marley Morgan, an' will fix Fred Sellers' fate afore night. Tmet is they will e I kin git Jthe chief's ear fer a minute! I'm beginnin' ter lose in -terest in the diggins' hyar, ef thar's whar we planted Frost, is whar them diggins is ter be found! I'd rather 1 hev t he gal. She's the one what them two young roos ters want and e I play a good hand, and play it well, be as much money in her fur me, as fur Kyd, the a, oy. H e llo! what does that mean?" The dwarf 1ad separated from Arrow Head, and was mat far from the southern confines of the Blackfoot vil and as he looked he saw that the rider of one of two ihO'J:'Ses that were coming toward him at a sharp gallop, was the White Queen of the Indians, Niokana. The .other rider, he saw, was a representative of his own sex, 'but he rode like a captive, one arm hanging at his side .as if pinioned there. Dwarf Dan watched the pair with interest. "The gal an' the boy, by the eternal! he suddenly -eried, recognizing Ariel Ramsden in Niokana's compan i on. .What on airth brings him hyar, afore his time fer comin'? Then fearing that the girl, who was holding the bridle of Ramsden's horse as \.rell as her own, might turn sud denly aside, he galloped forward, and planting himself firmly in the narrow thoroughfare halted the twain. Niokana's eyes flashed fire at this proceeding, but she did not speak. Ariel, old boy, what on airth's the exclaimed Dan. Your hyar ahead o' time! " Yes, but not against my will! grated the youth. Dan, I want the blood of every white man who is in Camp Frosty; but especially that of the devil who broke my arm." Y er arm broke ? " Shattered! exclaimed Ariel. What war ye doin'? Ramsderi glanced at the girl. "N9thing for' Black Tom's interference!" he said, lowering his voice. But for Heavens sakes--" Let me have medical attention," added Ariel. f have suffered a thousand death s since daylight." Niokana's hand left Ramsden's bridle as he spoke. Be fore he could her she was beyond tongue shot. "Now," said Dwarf Dan, moving up to the young man, what made Black Tom shoot you? " Ramsden bit his already bleeding lips. I was cursing that girl-that was all " Only cussin' her, boy? I'm a bigger man in these parts than you think I am. Lyin' won't do you any good hyar!" "Why should I lie?" said Ariel, meeting the dwarf's look with one that disconcerted him. The gal isn't much to either of us. I want my arm dressed." Well 'tend to thet now was the response, and the dwarf led the youth to a large birchen lodge, which his ally Arrow Head had presented to him. Once within, Dan turned upon Ramsden, and with frontier roughness began to remove his jacket. Stop Dan! suddenly cried the youth. Such work as that would kill me. Cut the sleeve. I can stand that! "Jest as you wish, my boy." The dwarf's keen knife went to work, and was not long in exposing the member terribly shattered by Black Tom Barlow's ball. Ramsden grew faint at the sight, and gritted his teeth till they cracked. The dwarf examined the arm for several moments, watched with varying emotions by the boy, who waited impatiently for his decision. "It was a purty arm afore Black Tom got in his work! broke forth the dwarf suddenly. But now it's usefulness hes departed. We'll hev to cut it off, boy! Ramsden's young eyes flashed. Never! he cried. I'm the doctor in the case! was the cold-hearted rejoinder. "An' .that's the doctor's opinion. The arm must come off to save the patient." Ariel Ramsden stared speechless for a moment into Dwarf Dan's unsympathizing face. Cut off my arm ?-my right arm? he yelled, break ing from the dwarf's By the foul fiends! it shall never be done! It is mine-mine only, and I will yet deal blows of vengeance with it. Don't talk to me about cutting it off. Dan Wolflaw, if you repeat the worgs you have just uttered I'll kill you where you stand! The dwarf did not retreat from ,the infuriated youth who with the last sentence on his lips had snatched a pistol from his belt.

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nu: i\MERICAN IN DIAN WEEKLY. 15 He. stood in his old with a perplexing smile on. h1s h1deous face. Wal, keep yer arm, then, an' be dead--dead as Old Frosty-afore two days! he said, cruelly. The words drove every vestige of color from Ramsgen's face. A groan, torn from the depths of his heart, fell from his and dropping the pistol, he stepped forward, holdmg out his right arm with his left. Dead before two days? No! not that! Here is my arm, Dan. Cut it off! / Then seeing, perhaps, the fiendish look of triumph that scintillated in the dwarf's eyes, Ramsden!s stalwart nature gave way, and he dropped insensible at the feet of the fiend. Yes, I'll cut it off his s ed Dan An' :Cll cut deeper than you think, too " The little man cut arm off! she said. And white face bleeding to death." For a moment Niokana stood undecided where she had halted ; then, venturing to look once more at Ariel. Ramsden, she flew down through the town. When she came back, there ran at her side an old In whose fantastic paraphernalia hastily thrown upon h1s scrawny figure, proclaimed him one of the medicine men of the tribe. The two entered the lodge together. The savage doc t?r shook the youth, but could not open the eyes, so t1ghtly closed: He then tried several other rough arts to consciOusness, but as often as he tried, he failed. Niokana watched him intently. At last the Indian doctor gave up in despair. What says our great medicine?" asked the girl, in the tribal tongue. "Must die! was the sententious decision. CHAPT-ER VIII. Niokana rose and went out. Her lips were tightly NIOKANA DRAWS BLOOD.-ARIEL RAMSDEN LOSES HIS RIGHT shut; her eyes flashing. ARM.-SCHJ;:MER DWARF DAN GETS THE LASH. This was the young man who had lately attempted to One hour the sole occupant of the Blackfoot ... take her life. She did not know why he should be her lodge was Ariel Ramsden, and he, propped up by a enemy. bundle of skins, was looking at the stump of the once At the threshold of the lodge the g1rl paused and looked strong arm that now hung illy bandaged at his side. at_ the d?ctor. His teeth were tightly shut and the pallor of his face Try agam! she sa1d, and then went away. would have frightened many a one not strong-hearted. Not far. away she entered a lodg:e, whos_e _of "Tom Barlow," hissed the youth, "I have thought dressed skms, were covered w1th vanous des1gns m pig that my great work would be to hunt you down and ments,_which_ told that some person of delicate tastes, for scatter your brains as you have scattered my blood! This w _1ld made thought has afforded me indescribable pleasure; it made H1s skm .1s wh1te. He 1s Head s brother; but me forget pain, and I dreamed that, on vengeance he wanted h v s dead. N1okana would have saved and that alone .I could live. But this day-this devil.. the arm .. He w1ll d1e no_w, for when ol? Seg!bo cannot work-has added another name to my death-list. I have cure, all IS _lost. IS the stunted k1ller? been a fool! I swallowed his lie. When it was too late The Wh1te Queen emerged from her lodge, w1th the I discovered all. Dan Wolflaw, you cut deeper than I question on her lips. ?he held in her hands an thought you would, for by Heaven! you cut for a purseldom seen at that day m BI_ ackfoot lar_td-a pose. I see it all now, accursed that I have been! But It one of those formidable .a black shall he kill? Must I go under by the arts of such a snake by the teamster. On the tratls 1t was villain-now when I have found the girl; now-No! not rare; bt;t so far as the Ind1an village stood, it all the butchering-knives of this ., country shall not slay was pre-emmently_ a ranty. me. I will live-live to send a, bullet crashing through Scarcely had left the lodge, when a familiar the brain of Captain Dan! appeared m s1ght. Her eyes beamed with delight Strengthened for a moment by his hot words, the as 1t approa7hed. youth sprung to his feet, but the next moment he fell A few mmutes later, she stood face to face w1th Red back on the cot of heated skins, and with a groan sunk Wasp. into unconsciousness. "Red Wasp want to talk to Niokana!" said the Black-The sun came up and mo v ed meridianward, showering foot.boy, keeping back a certain desire that his mad eyes its beams upon the Indian town. At high noon, a dwarf-but 1lly concealed. ish figure whose little eyes danced like dervishes in their "Not now," said the girl. "Does he want to know sockets, went to the lodge and peeped inside. how Kishewata rode? Ariel Ramsden, the girl-hunter, was lying there, with "No!" and the Indian winced under this allusion to the bloody band3:ges torn from his arm, from which, his unsuccessful attempt to break the wild colt. He from the dark stams on the ground, a great deal of blood wanted to tell Niokana that he has broken all her things ,had exuded. in his lodge." Y:' he 1 A smile wreathed the lips of the white girl, angering M1ghty mgh the end muttered the dwarf, movmg the young red-skin till he ground his heel into the soft away. "They don't get ahead o' Dan when he underearth takes a job. I cut than the boy wanted :ne to! that all?, The old knife didn't slip accidentally; it never does! The scoundrel went down the village-way, but a pair of eyes were upon him, and he had scarcely dis appeared, when the owner of those Viatchful orbs glided to the lodge. A light cry of horror fell from a pair of whitened lips, and the young girl who had been looking in upon the terrible sight that the noon-day sun revealed, started back with the most pallid of faces. What more does Niokana want? he cried, seizing her arm. "Must Red Wasp break her arm, as he broke up all her trinkets-the beads that she strung for him, and all? She can laugh Red Wasp's band into her pretty mouth!" If you dare! !.' said the eyes of the indignant girl, a$ she tore her arm from the red boy's grasp, and, a few feet away, with her fine figure drawn to its (uJl height,

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16 THE AMERICAN INDIAN ,s tood p r o udl y erec t, \ vith the whip held threateningly in her right h a nd. For a moment, the Blackfoo t b o y taken aback by this di s p lay o f resentment, s t oo d undecided in his tracks "Th e h and o f R e d Was p will never t o u c h N i o kana s m outh said the g irl. He c a n break up a ll the trinkets tha t N iokan a gave him but he cannot ride K i s he wat a T h e r e was a poorl y -conceal e d t aunt in the las t sentence, and t h e d i s play of l a u g hin g teeth that accompanie d the u t t e rance, was too muc h for the boy's t emper. He wen t bo l d l y forwar d, w i t h a 111loo d ? i He started bac k with an o atha cry-fo r he saw w h a t N i okana was going t o d o. But as w e ll might h e have atte m pted t o r etreat f rom the hands of a ve ngin g fate Her agile b o d y, darting for w ard, him, and befor e Arro w H e a d c o uld interpos e his stalwai;t frame, t h e crue l lash de a lin g three treJ: m e nelau s in r apid h a d dashed Dwarf Dan t o the ground 1 The sche m e r r oare d like a beast, and w r i_thing i n the dirt, covered hi s lacer a t e d f a ce and r olle d o ver a n d ove r in hi s agon y . "Back!" cried N i '6ka n a d r a win g the w hi p an Arro w Hea d I want t o teach the stunte d s laye r t hat thi s h i d e s nake c a n bite lik e hi s knife H o h o w o ul d the B lack f e e t take hi s part a nti punis h Niok ana? T h ey s h all not! A pair o f spurs would n o t have sent h e r h o r s e fo n va r d quicke r t h a n di d her wor d . Arrow Head a 'icle in time to p r e ven t b eing clas h e d clown and amo n g t h e I n d i a n s w h o e v in ce d a d i s positi o n t o arre s t h e r t h e vv)1 i p execute d a c u t that drew forth cries o f pain. N i okana clash e d f r o m t he loun g in g -h o u s e of the Black f e e t ; gallo p e d s w i f tl y thr o ugh the v illage. a n d with a wild cry of farewell, a n d a crack of t-h e black snake," n o w do u b l e dyed with bl o od, s h e pass e d in t o the w oo d s b ey Q ncl! \ CHAPTER I X R E D AGAIK ST S I X TEEN WHITES. A . vVRITT E N :IIUSS'fVE IN L ET T ERS T H A T LOOI.::ED AS IF M i\DE OF DLOOD! w h a t ai l s yo u. boy? Hyar ye've sot fur an hour, l o okin' stra i ght inter the g r o u n d j e 5 t as if ye war seei n suthin' t h ar! ' Tom Barlo w1s wot:cls se emed t o Kyc! D o ugla ss and h e r a i s e d hi s eyes t o e n counte r the frie ndl y gaze t h e capt a in of t h e go ld-adven ture r s vVas I sayi n g a nythin g, To1 h ? a sked K y d, with muc h anxi e t v. I y e wax n t," r e plied the a s t onis h e q captain of t h e go l d-huJ1ters1 w ith a l a u g h. "bn tU:ye ve bee n d p in' a p \-ve rf.u l s i g h t o t hi nkin' i n the l a s t half hour. \Vh a t' s u p?" A s f\ l aok Tom put thi s p ointe d inte rrogat o r y he l eft hi s s tation a ucl t oo k a o n the log whi c h Kyd occ u p i ed "!"\ f e l l e r g its in e r fix w h e n t h ar's a gal i n the case, punmed t h e ol d g o ld s e ek e r. I h evn't c o m e out hyar w it h my yes dmt. T h e t i s n t T o m B a rlow's way o f trave lin" Kyd boy. yon can' t b e blamin' ye r self fur h a d news t o t h e f o rt?" T h e n t h e boy s p o k e : ' I w is h I h a d n o t bro u&'bt i t o f coursf'1," h e s a i d h as
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. r -Tl IE Al\1ERICAN INDIAN \\' EEKLY. 1'7 r pected back he come with a t o'rniquet round hi s arm, an' took the h oss-too k him, K y d an' rode off straight toward the Injun town. So dead or alive h e' s thar." I am compelled to think so," sa id the youth. "Now," and B lack Tom' s copper-sun burned hand fe ll upon Kyd's knee I want to suthin' about the t gal o n which you two chaps see m to be so interes ted." Kyd Douglass l ookecl around the darkened enclo s ure. "Nob o d y a b o ut, sa id Tom. "But lo o k her, e, if you don't want to tell me, all right. No hard f ee lin s about it But I'd lik e to know." "Then Tcim, you will forgive me if I refuse to t ell you n ow, for -aft e r all I m ay b e o n the wrong trail. Do as yo u p l ease, bo y," replied the gold-hunter, s o me what disappointed. Keep the sec r e t j es t as l ong a s you please ; but I know one thing-if ye b e o n the w r ong trail, r\ ri e l Ramsden h ez struck the right one." Kycl Dougla ss started. '' Then." h e sa id. So ha ve I." Black Tom ga,ed cu ri ous l y into the youth's face for senTal m oments but did not s p eak. The young ey es again sought the g r ound, a n d r emained th us in a ,dreamy expressi o n t'!ntil the approac h of a stalwart min e r r o u se d the occu pants o f the l og Tlw r s fipgcrs i n th' nd ca i J .. T!1at's it! Go o n, b oy! .. cried J1l ac k T om, r e j oice d that t h e yo u t h h a d c o m e t o th e r e s c u e If 11e allo w our5 e l ves t o b elien in ghost s lYe will go t o the t orture tree like fri g h t e n e d s h eep, .. added th e l a d. t\t-ro1\' H e ad i:; o u t the re at the o f his \ N e a r c h e re, s ixtee n Arne r it:ans. w ell armed and n o t CO\Yarcls If D11arf Dan i,; ,,ith the Indians. w e will1 e c eiYe a cle m ancl to s urre ud e r probab l y b y dayl i ght. Let u s anticip a te I p r op o s e t hree c h eers {(Jr 1-ort llarl oll of Fros ty C:mp ll'h i c h 1Ye 11ill d e f eiicl 11ith t h e fo rt t o th e la st! \ s t h e b oy spok e he lea p e d up o n th e l o g a n d s w c111g hi s h a t ov e r his h ead. Thr e e c heers fo r th e h on o r o f F ort Tlarl o w he cried. The men, s o lately pan ic a nd fea r st r icke n bv l\Iurphy's g h os tly !'to r y co uld n o t r e s i st. The b oy s en thus ia s m t oo k h o l d o f them a n d o v e r th e of the litt l e f ort rang thre e stento ri a n cheers t o s ta rtle sc:::ri e t fiends w h o fille d th e w oo d be yo nd. T o m Barl ow seized K y d b efo re th e l a s t ch ee r h ad die d away, and j erke d h i ni f r om the l og. "Ye' ve g o t g iit thet will w in! e. claim c d the r o u g h goldhu nter. "Thar i s n' t a man h ya r w hat wo uldn't d i e fur ye Now l et th e mes s age come! B y Geoi ge the ,;kn nk s needn't s en d any. They k now by our chee r s what we a r goin' t e r do."

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18 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY, A s pirit of defiance now prevailed in the hearts of the m en. Murphy's s tory had f o r the time been forgotten, but that individual him s elf stood apart from the group, w ith a tinge of fear in his face. He was not the man to b elieve that he had not seen Old Frosty's ghost! "Boy, you'll change your mind now?" asked Barlow s udd enly "Ab o ut what? " Why ab o ut g oin o ut to look fur th' gal? " I came o ut here to find her," Kyd Douglass replied. If I go you mu s t not think that I desert you and the b oy s I swore-well, no matter about that, Tom-If we had th e permit you and I would stand a show-you !or the g o ld, I for her." "The parmit I f ear has gorie up the spout! Fros ty wa s a fo o l to go arter it. What good did he think hi s mocca s in could do him? " Heaven knows Som, e time we ll know all! When that time comes--" G r ea t Ccesar's s pook! What's that? This s tartling utterance fell from Black Tom's lips, and h e s prang back as if a sheet of flame had drifted toward him. A nd s om e thing had dropped before him-a strange so m e thing! I t a ppar e ntly had fall e n from a star-studded sky over h e a d, a nd it lay there on the ground at Tom's feet, shape l e s s and without motion! It c ame in from the outside! cried Barlow, pointing at th e o bject. "What on airth
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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Dan lookeg his man curiou s ly in th e f a ce. You'd like fur me to think th e t it warn t flesh an' blood thet you see'd, wouldn't you?" he said. I don't know what it war, my s elf, was the ans wer I war standin' right hyar, when-Lo ok! up yonder! By the jumpin' jingo! thar it i s again! Dwarf Dan raised his eyes, and s a w quite distinctly the combined figures of man and horse, ap p a re ntly o ne hundred feet above them. The s ky w a s lig hten e d b y the effulgence of the moon, and the figures wor e gigantic proportion s Dwarf Dan looked at the appariti o n with mouth half open in wonderment, while Sell e r s regarded him with a look of self-satisfied triumph. Vval, what is it? he ventured at last. The devil, mebo!=! Dan kept his eyes on the figur e but cocked his gun. Goin' to shoot at it, eh? " Yes! " The bullet will go right thro u g h a gh os t they s ay! The deserte r did not repl y, but t ook as deliberate aim a s he could with hi s n e rve s a littl e un strung. The report of the rifle awoke a thousand slumbering echoes ; but the sourid that s tartled D a n the most w as the hollow laugh that came down from above. Sellers, with a gasping cry, wheeled but Dan leaned over, and as he grasped his bridle shot him a stern look. "Not a foot, Sellers!" the dwarf. saia, fiercely. "You've heard that lajgh afore, jest as I hev. Ar' you in league with thet feller up thar?" Seller s answer was a stare of astonishment. I'm in 'arnest! thundered the deformed. How did he get out of his coffin? The stare deepened. Coffin ? What coffin? said the now thoroughly as tounded Sellers. The hangin coffin we put Old Fros ty in! How did he git out? Thet's the question?" You're tacklin' the wrong man, cap'n! said Sellers, into whose obtuse brain the dwarf's last words had shot a little light. I don't know anything about a hangin coffin. He war dead when you put 'im thar; but thet laugh sounded jest like' his'n." And it was too real to come from a ghost! said Dan. "I had a dead aim on him." But yer hand shook a little." Mebbe it did." I saw it." Then you war watchin me? " Kinder so. I couldn't help it." The puzzled dwarf, looking up saw that the object at which he had fired had disappeared but he did not loosen his grip on Sellers' rein. He knew well that such an. action would have been followed by the fellow's ignominious flight . The ghost is gone! he said, with a sly glance at his companion. "Now I'm goin' to satisfy myself about a sartin matter. Will you go along?" Sellers replied in the affirmative, and the next instant they turned their horses' heads toward the North. For a short time Dan continued to keep his strong hand on his companiQn's bridle-rein; but at last, with a significant glance int() his face he released it and ened in the saddle. Once beyond the wood ; which they speedily left be hind, the country became comparatively clear and the two white men rode over it at good speed. Sell e r s s oon bc:;gan to ob s erve with feeling s o f surpri s e that he wa s riding across the sam e countr y which he had lately travers ed with the Blackfeet The re were certain well-marked landmarks, that told him that he wa s g o ing toward the Indian town. Once or twice h e wa s o n th e point of que s tioning the deformed, but the uneasy loo k that appear e d in his eyes, k ept back the qu es tion. The moon was in the zenith, w hen Sellers glancing down from the ridge, along which h e was riding saw th e white side s of hund,reds of te e pee s ; but inst ead of entering the Indian village, Dwarf Dan v e ered abruptl y to the right, and left it behind. Dan' s comin' back to see if Old Fros ty is still in hi s coffin! murmured at last divining the m e aning of that long nocturnal ride. He wa s talkin' about a hang in' c offin, too Thet's a new kind o shebang even fur these wild parts! Shortly after the utterance of the la s t s entence, th e rider s ent e r ed a ravine, and when Dan at last s prung t o th e ground, Sellers s aw that the y s to o d n ear the m o uth of so me und e rground cavern Hev y e any matches? the Dwarf a s ked, lookin g up into th e countenance w ho s e puz.zle d e xpres s ion was enough to provoke a smile. S eller s produced s e veral dirt-colored o ne s w hich the dwarf took. Cus s me ef I don t more nor half believe th'at Old Frosty hes got out o his ba s k et! th e d e formed s a id a s he wrapped a piece of cotton good s about a s tick. Bad work ef he hez! responded Sellers It will be the Injun's fault. I wanted to give a different kind o' funeral. But hyar we go to settle the question." Shutting hi s teeth hard, and with all his rough courage summoned to his aid, Dwarf Dan pushed into the cavern bey o nd whose gloom y portals he and Arrow Head had lately borne Old Frosty to his horrible entombment. He w ent ahead with the torch closely but not will ingly followed by Sellers. The torch but illy relieved the gloom. Dan went forward with the greate s t care; but an ex clamation at la s t announced that he had made a dis covery. Hyar's the p inted rock an' the rope jest as we left it, an '," s weeping the torch beneath him, "I kin see the basket too Sellers crept forward. He looked over the jutting rock and saw a strangely shaped basket-more particularly some network-swinging at the end of a rope. I can t make out ef thar's a man in the coffin," said Dwarf Dan, a little disappointed. Couldn t you ef y ou war to lean over an' wave the torch under the rock? suggested his companion. A moment later the ill-shapen figure of Arrow Head's ally dropped upon the rock and crawled to the edge. He leaned over and waved the torch as far beneath it as he could. It's all right! he said satisfied "Thar' s a corpse in the coffin, an' of course it's Old Frosty. Sellers heard a part of these words; the last ones he drowned with the maddest cry of vengeance that ever awoke the echoes of that cavern. With a cry he pounced upon the prostrate man fike a tiger and before Dwarf Dan could summon one thought to hi s assistance, he was hanging over the abyss by the edge of the rock. .J

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,'I 1 I I ,I 20 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEE'KLY. T hi s fur Marl ey Morgan one o the bes t men thet e ve r di e d in B lackfoot l and cried Sellers, holding the t orch droppe d by the attacked man near his victim's f a c e "He'd b e a li v e t o-day ef it hadn't been fur you, Cap' n D a n. I said I'd git eve n with you. I'm even now!" T h e d warf was utterly h e lple s s, and with his last mad word o f triumph, S e ll ers struck him across the face with the t orch. A cry m o r e brutis h tha n human pealed from the dwarf's throat, and swinging back before the stroke he went d o v v n -clown into the d arkness b e l ow! Selle r s, w ith f a c e iilumined b y rev enge, h e ld the torch over the cli ff and saw t o hi s h orro r that D warf D a n's hands had s e ve r e d the r o p e, and that h e h a d carried the c offin and it s t errible occupant with him to the botto m. "The y ll want so m e light o n the subject!" said the avenge r with a grin, and h e sent the t o r c h hissing through the impen etrabl e d arkne s s tha t concea l e d the depths o f t h e cavern. T h en h e began to r etra c e hi s steps. C H APTER X I. PRESS E D I N T O SER \ T CE.-HOC K S OF GOLD.-A CAVE R N OF MYSTERY \ N D OF R I C II ES .-TFlE WONDER-FUL DISCOVE R Y A t the m o n t h o f the e n t rance t o t h e s i n g u l a r cavern F r eel Sell e r s s topp e d and li s t e n e d but n o n o i s e came up fro m the d a r k n ess into w hiclil he had hurle d the d warf. l 'r l j s t lik e t o know w h ethe r thar i s anothe r way into th i,., p l:H.:,e ,10 t h e m a n s a id t o hi m,;e l f. "This land i s full o sech i tOles, the y s a y a n t h en r m r i g h t a j11Qjlg t h e hill s wh ic h ar' f ull o' go ld. Go ld ? That's w h a t I came out hyar fur, a n m eb b e I m runnin' from \vorld s o' it g o in ont fro m hyar. 0 Dan i s y in clown the r cleacl as a d H;.r-nail; h e 'll i1eve r t r oblblc t h e gal any more; s h e'll n ever g it to vvh i p hi m ag' in. )est t hink of it, 14r e d Se!le r s l\J ehiJc you':-e le:1vin' a go ld-mi:1e. :!\o I'm n o t go i n t o n1n. J'll go ba ck an d sec"! T h us d et ermini n g t h e miner s a t d own, at t h e m o u t h o f tlJ, e cavern. and by d int 'of lab01" and patience in the l i!.:;ht of the star!-i, h e imprO\is ed a tor ch, w h ic h, t o h is ddirr'ht. burne d \ V ith m u c h bri lliancy. Then h e w ent back into t h e cave w ith the fir e o v e r hi s h e a d. :\,Jw. Fred Selle r s was a judge o f gold-b e a ring rock a ncl di rt; h e had m i ne d a l o n g Feath e r r i v e r and h a d p ros p e ctt 'rl durin g t h e e a rl y clays an10n g the R oc k y mounta ins. I k \\cnt aroun d the nat u r a l gallery f r o m which h e h a d b tcly hurl e d the dwarf. It w as a s t up endo u s aff ai r e nough t n excit e t h e w onde r of any m an. I\(l w and. th e n th e ava ri c i o u s o u t l a w s t o p petl to ex a m i ne pa;ticlcs o f rock t h a t l ay at hi s f e e t b u t t o cast t h em w i th a n Ortth of d isappo i ntment nut at last Se ll e r s' e y es Aa" hecl a s h e w e i g h e d a p i e ce of r o c k l o nger th a n u s u a l in h is hand. H e se t t h e t o r c h dow1 1 a nd r i vete d his wh o l e att e nti o n u po n t h e o b j ect. \\'a s it go l d ? Had h e d isco v e r e d o n e o f t h ose go l d e n t h a t, ru mo r sa id, ab o un d e d i n t h e B l ackfoo t l a nd? I n th e s t r a n g e fla rin g of the t o r c h t h e dark faced man look e d m o r e lik e a m a niac tha n a sa n e b e ing! ' I t i s go l d h e o ri ecl s tart i n g u p .and f r o m the depths o f darkn e ss far away ca m e bac k a tho u s and co n firmato ry e c h o e s of "gol d gold!" "It \vas n o li e! h e continue d. "This i s a m ounta in of g o ld; I have b ee n walking over a pathway of. golaen b o uld e r s. I t i s all mine, f o r the littl e lab o r o f pick ing th;'rocks r up. I about Old Frosty, or the gal. I want to go back to Saint Lo?ie with aJl this mountain mine. I w.ill go back way, er-not go back at all! Half an hour later Sellers stood in whaf appeared to be a vas t chamber whose ceiling as indistinctly as he could see it by whirling the torch abo,ve his head, was hung gorgeous trappings like that of some cathedral. His lust for gold had led him to the spot on which he stood; he had p u shed on, on, his eyes on the heavy rock;; that had. the color 0: unrefined gold; he had traveled down1 down, until gallery from which his leader.had been das h e d seemed .hundreds of feet above him. I But the fretted <;eiling excited no woildenne n L in Sellers' e yes. He lo b kecl at his torch almost burned;.t o a c r isp in hi s tawny hand. Ef the t hin g goes out, I'll be in a purty fix! said the m a n shutting his teeth hard. "It is always night h yar. I can' t burn gold. I can' t eat the yaller stuff. I-mercy! don't g o out, an' lea v e me hyar." H e whirle d t h e flame around hi s head; but he could n o t brighten it, save 'f o r one r n o m ent. With a cry o f joy at hi s t empo r a r y succ e s s the gold. hunte r s t arte d f o rward; but the' nex t m o m ent he hurled a sparkless and s moking stick far fro m him, and started back with a c r y o f fall'ing from his tongue. l:Te w a s l os t how f a r u n d e r g round he did not know -lost i n a m o u n t a in o f gol d and in the same apartment, no dou b t w h e r e lay tl u e mangled remains of his leader and h is vi c ti r : n 4J' . The agony that took possess i o n of the s t a h va r t .mine r a s h e reali ze d hi s s itu a ti o n ca n n o t be des c r i b e d He s t 0od i n t h e g loor;n for seve r a l minutes b e r eft of v o l itio n a c o l d s w e a t standin g out o n his forehead His capa c i oi.1 s l )ockets w e r e fille d w i t h the weighty rock s his hands h acllat::l y pi c k ecl up with such eagerness He s u d d e nl y fell t o t a ki n g them out, and o n e b y one h e threw them madl y a w ay, at t h e same t i m e fill i n g the cave w i t h the so u n d of h i s oaths I can't ea t 'em!" h e s a i d o ve r a n d over. "vVar Fred S elle r s b o r n t o di e i n a m o untain o' g o l d?" T h e d esperate m a 1;11 n e r ve d b y desperatio n t o d o s o m e thing, triecl t o fin d a path t o the starl i g h t, in the g loom; but in v a in . with t he f.rt:1it less efforts; h e thre w himsei'f madly o n the g r o u n d a n d covering his f a c e with his great arm s, g r oane d from the d epths of hi s so ul. Suclden l y h e bega n t o r o ll hi t h e r and thither, thinking on l y of hi s s i t uatio n or curs ing t h e man w h o s e w il d s t o ri e s of go ld i n the J a nel of t h e Black fe e t had decoyed 1 him i n t o t h eir country :. , A li at on c e in o n e of hi s moveme n ts, Selle r s struc k a n obj ec t in t h e clar k the t o u c h of w hi ch niade r e co with a s h ud der. I -:Ie t o hi s fee t in a n in s t a n t "That \-va r one of them! h e exclaime d. "It war D w arf Dan o r O ld, F r o sty. A n .cle acl too A l t h ough h e but a few f e e t f r o m the b o d y aga, in s t whic h h e h acl acc i d e ntl y r o ll ed S elle r s co uld n o t see i t. H e tried t o make it out-but f a ilin g dre w hi s r evolver," and w ith the weap o n in hi s h a n d crept f o rward. The finge r s tha t h e stre t c h e d out \vere n o t l o n g in fin d in g it however and Selle r s drew back with a .shudder. O ld Fros t y fur thar be a l o t r o p es wrapped around him! h e sai<;l. I ret k o n as how. the o ld chap didn' t git hi s parmit fur th' boys! But wot kind o' a face hez he got now? This s ki n is s mooth an' ef Lreco lject

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 21 ri ght, F ro s t y's fac e war rough and badl y m ade. N o w, ef I h e d a match. But the m atch-the l as t o n e tha t S e ller s h a d h a d b ee n u se d and the un fortunate g o l d see k e r was in trouble f o r a minute. I'll s h oo t ac r oss hi s f a ce he sa id b e thinking him of a f ortuna te id ea. "I'd know F r o s t y in a m inu te ef 1 thi s b e him: ., Se ll e r s kn ew th e exact pos iti o n o f the un see n f ace, and h e ld hi s p i s t o l above it T he next m o m ent a flas h lighted up the imm e di a t e s po t, ari'd the l o u d r e port of a firearm fille d the ca ve rn "Gr ea t J e h osap h at! It's a n Injun!" cri e d Selle rs, s prin ging e r ec t a n d alm o s t dro ppin g his weapo n "Thun de r an' g un s vVh a t do e s thi s m ea n ? O ld F r o s t y wa r y in d ead in thi s ba s k e t u p th a rn o w th a r s a r edsk in in it! I w i s h I h ad n ev e r com e h ya r I exp ec t t o b e a d e a d injun m yse lf, W hat a n yo n e p l ace d in th e g o l d -di gg e r 's s it u a t i o n he did He fled-r a n thro u g h the g l oo m-on-on-unti l h e fe lt c o l d a ir o n h i s a s he n c h eek V l hat s t range fa t e h ad gui de d S elle r s the ca ve rn ? He d i d n o t s top t o i nqu i re, b u t d a s hed o n wa rd out int o t h e starlig h t, no r pa u s ed t m ti l h e ca m e s u ddenly u p o n the back o f a m a n who s a t like a g h o s t o n t h e back of hi s h o r se. S elle r s h ad n m s ud denl y up.on hi m, a n d was totally unawa r e o f his pre se n ce h e f e lt a b o n y h and o n hi s throa t. The n it was th a t a lm os t s ho.t from h i s h ead a n d h e th o u gh t t h a t w o n d e rs w o ul d n eve r cea s e w he n h e heard th ese words from the lips of the a ppa riti o n th at' l e an e d f r o m the s a d dl e : "You r e the ve r y m a n I w a r l ook in fer, F r e d Sellers I want yo u t o h e l p me g it the parm it! Selle r s i f h e h a d b ee n r e l ea sed., w o u l d h ave d r opped s e n s e l ess t o th e g r o und As i t was h e coi tld o nl y g a z e bewilde r e d at the o c c u pant of th e sa d d l e and in se ri o u s do u b t s w h e th e r it was O ld F r o s t y alive, o r the guid e's g h ost! CHAPTER XII. THE B R AVE R Y O F KYD D OUG L ASS A sTRANGE MESSAGE THA T M l'\ DE T H E HEART BEA T F AST.-A FELON BLOW! S o me o f th e m e n w ill not b e lie ve the n o t e I l eft be,. j h ind; but B l ack T om. will anq that i s en oug h Graci o u s H o w dark it is? The valley i s a bid f o r the black-g l oo m of the tomb! The re s hould be a moon tonight-but where it i s jus t at this hour I don't know Heaven guide my s tep s a r ight! Missing' for one week and in <;ill that t ime no t s ee n by a s i ngle Blackfoot! W h a t has become of ker? Has Dwarf Dan got in his worl d Or has the jeal o u s rage of Red Was p suc c eeded against he r ? l was dying beyond those walls I am not a de serter! I would not l e av e s uch gallant fellows as B l ack Tom. and his boy s without caus e But I mus t disc o v e r h e r where about s or her fate The young speaker Kyd Douglas s, h a d crept int o a litt l e v a lley that was a s dark as death. Creptyes, for thus he had actuall y reached the s p o t -cree ping through the Blackfeet lines that comp l etel y invested Fort B a rlow! The first w e ek o,f the stranges t se i ge ev e r to take place in the Far Wil d West was drawing to a close Not a Blackfoot arrow had fallen into the fort, not a gun had be e n discharged by the scarlet beseigers The stern wan fac es o f B l ack Tom and his men tol d how d espera t e the e nd wo uld be if tha t s il ent ste g e con tinued l o ng. Arrow H e ad s t a cti cs h ad b ee n di sclo s e d t o th e go l d hunters w ho, as the y saw th e ir s canty s t oc k o f prov i sion s d w indlin g t o a few m o r s e l s, curs e d the r ed m e n wh o we re fightin g the m with the m os t p o t ent of weapon s starvati o n ; and w ith b o ny hand s cl e n c h e d r e s o l ve d t o di e thi s h o rrid d eath r ather tha n surrender them s elve s to torture w hi c h th ey knew w o uld b e the i r only f ate i f the y gave up! During th e week r a pi d l y p ass in g away, the white s ha d ob t aine d a bit of n e ws f r o m t h e outs i d e wo r l d w h ich p os s e s se d m o r e tha n e ph em e r a l in t e r e s t f o r K y d D o ug l as s O n e ni ght B l ac k T o m h ad a s u s pic i o n that so m e t hing unus u a l was ab out to o c c ur. The r e w a s a stra n ge n o i se a t the f o o t o f the w e s t w all and a lmost directly b e ne ath hi s p os t o f o b s e rvati o n so m ething, whi ch in t he semi g l o o m r ese mbl e d a yo un g b ea r clim bin g up the l o gs Like a ti ger w a tchin g for an uns uspecting fawn did the g i a n f l ea d e r o f the g old-hunters wait for t h e climb er! At l a s t a h a n d wa s l a id u po n the t opmos t long l og! The n a h e a d appeare d a nd B l a c k T o m 's hand l eap e d t o a n Indian 's thro a t I n t h e twi n k lin g o f 'an e y e the Bl a c k foo t w as jerked over t h e ramparts, and b r o ug h t u p stan d ing b y T o m s h and i n t h e m id s t of the d e s perate whites As to hi s mi ss i o n w h en q ue s tio ned, th e Indi a n m a i n tain ed a clogged sile)1Ce. But fro m hi m the wh i t e d r e w finally th e s t o r y of N i oka na's a bandonm ent of the Indian v ill a g e afte r w h ipping Dwarf Dan S i nce t hat h our n o B l ackfo o t h a d s ee n h e r T h i s s to r y in t e r es t e d Kyd D o u g l ass N i o kan a mis s in g an d t h a t after d raw in g bl oo d from the ch eeks o f a m a n w h o knew n o t a ught of m e r cy? The i n tellig e n ce m ad e him turn b a ck. 'It p a l e d hi s ch ee k but a q u e s tio n t hat B l ack T om p u t t o t he c a ptiv e Bl a c k f oo t d rew him f o r wa r d again \i\T h e r e i s D warf D a n ? " Him n o t be in Indian ca m p f o r six s l eep s-Ar row H ead n o t kn ow w h e r e Stunte d T r ee i s T h e w hit e s exchanged l ooks of w o nde,rm ent! \iVhere h e i s the g irl can b e found! sa id Kyd t o hi mse lf. H e h as :follo wed h e r a n d h e h as f o und h e r Now I h ave a work t o perfo rm-,-to w rench her fro m that o utl aw's hand." The b o y 's pres enc e in the littl e clark valley beyo n d th e Indian l in e s i s n ow plain Inte n t up o n findin g the \iVhite Q u ee n o f the Bl a ck f e et in w h o m h e t ook s u c h an a b so rbin g int e r es t h e h a d quie tl y l eft the fort, an d b y so m e g oo d craw lin g, h a d r e ach e d the s pot w ith out a ccid e nt. But n o w h e was l ost! He kn e w not whi c h way t o g o o r whe re t o l oo k f o r Dwarf D a n and the fair g irl w h o m h e thought was the outlaw's vict i m! B e hind him the s carl e t l ine s encircl e d the brave min e r s l ike the c oils of an anaco nda, and the bo y s hudcfer e d and flu s hed a s he thought of the f e w m outhful s of foo d that remain e d in the guarde d larde r o f the f ort! Mor e tha n o nc e he started back but one thought made him paus e . "No! I c a m e away f o r h e r. I mu s t n o t l e t a n r thin g turn m e fro m m y mi s si o n h e w o uld sa y \iVhen h e w ent forward fo r the l as t time, h e di d n o t s t o p until h e had c r ossed the valle y and a s cended to the summit of a hill b eyo nd The n he s aw the m oo n j u s t c o min g up full, r o und an d lik e a circle of silve r. K y d D o u g la s s stre tch e d forth hi s han d a s i f h e was

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.... 2 2 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. direct i ng a com pan i o n 's atten ti o n t o a l a nd th a t l ay be yo nd the p l a n et. Ove r th e r e lies th e B l ac k foo t v illa ge The r e I may obtain in fo rmati o n of the m My perso n will be sacred th e re-at l east until I h ave ac c omplis h ed m y miss i o n, f o r t h ey k now m e as Dwarf Dan s fri e nd an d h e i s in league w i t h t h e i r chief." Over t h e r e m eant a distance where death in twenty fonns lurked; b ut th e brav youth w as no t d eterred! Lookin g to his weapo n s h e starte d fo r wa rd, n o t on all f ours as h e h a d c r ept thro u g h th e Indian lin es, but a t a s m art trot. T h e m oo n ca m e up maj es tic ally a s he went on, tireless as t h e most r enow n ed India n traile r for h e h a d th e great wo rk of his lif e t o urge him on r A t l e n g t h panting and thi rs ty, h e h a lt ed a nd kn e lt ov e r th e little s prin g that b u bb l ed f r o m th e r oc k y b e n ea th hi s f eet, and sent it s clejl r wate r s spar kin g l y up into th e m oo nli g ht. Kyd Dougla ss d rank l o n g a n d pl e nti f ull y at the sprin g T h e c oo l wate r s r e in v i go r a t e d him but an at once he start ed bac k w ith a c r y a n d se i z in g hi s g u n l ooke d arou nd hi m a t the r ocks a nd hill s Ast o ni s hm ent was d ep ict e d o n every lineament o f the youth' s f a c e a n d h e saw nothing save the strange object that h ad f allen jn t o the clear water. Reco v e rin g t o a c erta in degree th e youth w ent to the sp rin g a nd p ick e d up th e w ing of the g r ea t night ha w k that floate d o n th e w a t e r -Iolcli ng it in his h a n ds h e l oo k e d up a s if in q uest o f the b ircf it s elf b ut t h e n ex t m o m ent burs t into a s mile of se lf d e ri s i on. B i rds do n o t l os e entire w ing s and co ntinu e th eir flig h t," h e excla i med. "And th en-w h a t i s this? A p i ece of i ron a t th e e n d of this win g g av e it we ight. Ah! Some b ody thre w it a t me, and f o r a purpose-not intend in g t o k ill me--ah th a t i s sure; th e r e is no atte m p t to murde r me behi1 d thi s m ystery Rega d l ess o f aNy eyes th a t mi ght b e wat c hi i 1 g, K y d Dou g l ass bega n t o examin e th e w in g so m ys t e ri o u s l y o b t a in e d a n d was r e w a rded by findin g a n arro w strip of bu cksk in in genio u s l y int erwove n amo n g th e gray ish feath e rs. U nli nk in g it th e yo uth saw so me rough tracery on the l i n k in g, and after ,som e l a b o r mad e it rea d the se w ords: "Hold o u t t o the las t 1111mit! I'll brri ng the parmit I come!" Kyd D oug l ass r ea d t h e strange m essag e tw enty times b e f o r e he l ooke d u p He felt his heart b e ating in his throa t. There was n o s ignature t o th e s ent e nces. But he kne w a ma n w h o m i gh t ha ve dictated the thrilling wo rds. F r os t y Padd o ck c o ul d not read o r wri te, Kyd s aid r eflec ti ve l y "If thi s m e s sag e c o m es fro m him, who w r o t e it i That's the qu es tion! It w a s intended t o b e thrown int o Fort B arl ow, but it has be e n giv e n to m e an J it mea n s fo r m e t o t a k e it back. Gra ciou s How it would e n courage th e boys They all h a d confidenc e in Old Frost y I'll ta k e it back. The fort i s onl y a fe w mil e s aw ay I ca n ge t thro u g h th e lin es again! Seve r a l minutes l a t e r t h e b oy w a s running t oward the for t w ith th e s in gular m essage hid de n in hi s b oso m. He went bac k thro u g h the littl e black vall ey, and p a s s ed the B l ack f ee t n a ti o n lin es a t a p oint where the beam s of t h e moo n did no t f a ll. His h eart g r ew s till a s it were, a s th e o utlin es o f the f ort ro se b efo r e him He was almo s t n ea r en o ugh to toss th e hawk -w in g ove r indeed h e had drawp. it from his bo so m w hen a sav a g e cr y behind him made him start, and a b o d y leaped upon him. T he lad \ v a s thrown forward by the shock, but quickly r e c o v e r e d and looked around. He s aw a s ight that chilled his blo od. Indians w e re ri s ing from the darkened earth. The brave youth w as surrounded! They sh all have the mes s age after all! he cried, clutchin g th e h a wk-wing with h is teeth and clubbing his rifle, as h e b o unded forward! Stro n g, a yo ung athlete K y d D o uglass dashed his first o p pose r s b ac k w ith a terribl e s w e ep of his rifle, an, d then j erke d th e w in g from his mouth. Ca tch w h a t I throw y ou! he cried, frantically to the clark figures th a t lined the walls overhead. "There's sa f e t y in th is ni ght-hawk' s wing! The arm of th e b o y w ent ba c k to de!iv e r the strange m e s s age but he felt a p air of hands seize his wrist, and h e fell back wa rd as the undeliv e r e d wing dropped from hi s nervele s s h a nd But he somi. s t a rted up only to find Arrow Head' s hand on hi s sh o ulder and to see the glittering eyes of the frenzi e d Blackf o ot leader staring at him. The h e ad s abo v e the logs at fort Barlow had been lowered! "No shootin'!" K y d heard the rough v oice of Ban lo w s a y That feller out thar bed some good news f e r us! " I had, Black T 9m!" cried Kyd, jerking himself from Arro w Hea d' s grasp. Old Frosty says--" K y d s aid no n ore f o r the fist of the Indian lead e r shot stra i ght from the shoulder and the victim went the earth as if he had been struck by a s ledge-hammer Tom Barlow and his half-famished men heard the dti ll s ound o f th e truly savage blow "Shoo t 'em d o wn like do gs!" he bawled. "No mercy to the red fiends w ho kept the go_od news from us! The Blackfeet kn ew what would follow ) and they spra n g away A ho s t of d ark figure s, running like frightened deer, g re e t e d the eye s that lo oked over the ramparts, and the ne x t m oment, a lin e of flame lighted up the top of the western w all It w a s a t e lling v o lle y f o r at l e a s t ten Blackfeet stopped yelling and f ell dead But K y d Dougl ass-where was he ? CHAPTER xnL "A LIFE FOR A N ARM."-ARIE L R AMSDEN TURNS EXECUTIONER. A N O ATH OF JOY. THE "CORPSE" OF OLD FROSTY. When Freel Seller s saw Dwarf Dan disappear over a pro jectin g r o ck from which Sellers' mad hands had flung him he wa s sa ti sfie d that h e had terribly avenged the cruel death of Marley Morgan! But it was not s o! The end of the Stunted Tre e had not yet come. It was not for the hand of Marley Morgan' s would-be aven ge r t o depriv e h i m of life. D warf Dan a s h e shot do w nward, struck the strange coffin s u sp end e d mid-air and dragged it after him Fortuna tel y for the d eserter, the ba sket and its deadly content s, which he firmly believed consisted of the body of Old Fros ty, notw}thstanding the apparition he had fired at, kept beneath him in the swift descent, and served a s the m e an s of effectually breaking his fall. The dead and the living a lighted on the floor of the cavern with

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 23 a thud, and the dwarf fell backward, stunned, and for several moments entirely bereft of consciousness. How far he had fallen, he did not know ; but if he had been questioned when he recovered, he would have asserted that he had shot through miles of space. He thought that all his bones had been jumbled into a heap as he essayed to _lift his body. He looked up; something glimmered far above him like a star, and as he watched it, it seemed to descend until, with a flash, it struck the floor of the cavern. It was the torch which Sellers threw down to keep him momentary company. May you come down here headlong, Fred Sellers! grated Dwarf Dan. "No doubt you imagine me crushed into jelly down here /' Well, well, my dog, I'll pay you for this. Indeed, I will." Finding, to his joy, that no bones had been brokenthanks to the fortuitous of having fallen upon the basket and its dead-the dwarf sprung to the torch before it expired and jerked it from the ground. The next moment he saw a sight that filled his soul with horror-saw it for an instant; but plainly enough to remember it to his dying day. A few feet from the spot where the torch had struck lay coffin and its occupant. The ropes which had composed the burial casket had fa1Ien apart in many places, and the lay without. Old Frosty, ha! ha! laughed Dwarf Dan approach ing the object with the torch. Then it was that he saw the face of the dead, and, bereft of speech-struck d,umb, as it wer "e, by the sighthe staggered back and, dropping the torch, which went out as it fell he fled nerveless through the gloom, he knew not whither! Injun! an' not Frosty! gasped the deformed his mind going back to the hideous scarlet face that had rolled from the coffin in which Arrow Head and himself had lately fastened the inanimate guide. "How on airth could he turn to be Injun arter death? Thar' s suthin' strange about it! He war white-Old Frosty himselfwhen we put 'im thar, now he is an Injun dead-rotten!" The coldest sweat that ever stood out on human brow thilled Captain Dan' s at that thrilling moment. The sub stitution of the dead Indian had to him no explanation, save by the ghostly mysteries of the supernatural. He did not stop to fathom the mystery; but ran on and on, down a corridor whose sides or ceiling he could not see. He cared not whither it led ; he hoped, almost prayed, that it was taking him from the cavern and it s transmogrified corpse. At last a cry-an oath of joy-burst -rom the outlaw's throat and he bounded out into the starlight. There be neath the myriads of beautiful lights that glittered in the blue archway of the skies this P,end gasped for breath and cooled his blood. When he left he rushed toward the Blackfoot town; but all at orice he came to a halt. A horse was coming up the little canyon, which he was descending. There was a ghostly sound in the very tread of the animal. At that moment the sweetest song that bird could have sung would have had a s upernatural tone to the ears of Dwarf Dan Wolflaw. He was weaponless now; but possessed strength enough to shrink from the path in which he had halted, and there, with his mouth in his throat, he waited for the ghost. My God! Old Frosty in the speerit!" fell from the tongue of th e outlaw and while ,the last word still trembled on his ashen lips the horse whicn had come up the canyon went by Astride of the animal sat a long figure whose he e ls dangled far below the deerskin girth. The garment s that he wore seemed to fit him with a looseness that pro claimed him a skeleton, wearing .a habit made for a _man of generous proportions. 1 Dwarf Dan watched this apparition with eyes almo s t Jmrsting from their sockets. He did not move or o pen his lips until it had passed beyond sight. Thet's the same thing I shot through! he said in a husky voice. "Ef I heel the gal now I'd git o uten thi s 'tarnal kentry where dead men-white men I meanturn into Injuns, an' ride over the land in the speerit. Old Frosty, I wouldn t try to tech you fur all the gold under ground. By Jingo! I'm as wet as though I hev been standin' In a rain all night." The last sound of the--to Dan-ghostly hoofs had died away, and alarmed by the silence that had followed, the deformed turned and resumed his flight. He paused no more until at the edge of the Indian town saw two figures standing beside one of the lodges. 'The bright moon was full overhead, and the eyes of the dwarf were not long in distinguishing one of the pair. By Jingo the youngster didn't kick the bucket! ejaculated the dwarf with evident displeasure. "Thet old Injun doctor hes put 'im on his pins ag'in, an' given him license to hunt the gal an' to kill her fur thet's what brought the youngster into this kentry. I'd like to hear what ye'r' talkin' about, my lads. You an' Red Wasp must hev become pards. Cuss you Ariel I winged ye. Birds can't fly with one wing; yer other one I sent, with my compliments, to Black Tom, an' the b oy s in the for t!" Leaving Ariel Ramsden, the one armed and Red Wasp talking in the moonlight, Dwarf Dan crept down the village and disappeared beyond the curtains of the lodge that he called his own. An exclamation of satisfaction fell from his lips He was home again, and the dwarf threw his enervated body upon the couch of skins that graced one corner of the apartment. But he did not see the two figures that were nearing his lodge. His entrance had not been unperceived. "Now bring the villain out, Red Wasp," said the young man who took up his station scarcely twenty yards from the lodge door. This individual had but one arm ; but he rested a rifle upon the stump of his right one, and his eyes flashing at the butt of the slender barrel, were full of the e a ger ness of merciless revenge. Red Wasp approached the lodge and pulled the heavy skins aside. / Does the Stunted Tree sleep? he asked, in a tone that started Dwarf Dan from his cot. The next moment Dwarf Dan was at the entrance. What's up, Injun?" Let Stunted Tree come out. He is wanted in the moonlight " Sartinly I'll come out was the repl y, and as Red Was p stepped aside, with a quick glance at the J:Outhful executioner, Dwarf Dan sprung into the moonshme. "Hyar I am, Injun!" he said. "Who want s to see me?" u I do, devil! Instantly the dwarf looked forward, and saw the figure that confronted him!

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24 AMERICAN LNlJlAN Wh.h.KL I've g o t you, Dan sa id the yo uth. That s s o, Ari el. W h a t a r yo u g o in' to do?" What s hould I do? You s t o le m y arm." Well?" G i ve it back " I c a n t "Then I'm go i ng t o se n d a bull e t cr,a shing through your h ea d D i d yo u eve r pray ? You see I'm not altoge th e r h e a r t l e ss Dan." Me, p r ay ? h a h a ha! and the laugh of the man w h o s t oo d o n t h e b rin k of death s ent a chill t o the h ea r t of h i s e xe cu ti o n e r. Shoot! boy, an' then I'll be d o n e se e i n g h o s t s A r i e l Rams d e n started Di d yo u see it?" he said. W h a t ? O l d g h os t ? "Yes " warn' t t e n fee t f r o 1 p i t awhil e ago H e z it bee n hyar? I "It r o d e r i ght thro u g h th e village a n hour since. " H e s a i d h e wo ul d c o me b a ck in the s pee r it, yo u kn o w, A ri el." D o y o u think yo u \viJ1 D a n ? 'J "l d on't kn p w! I wo uldl) t m ak e a h al ) so mc: s p eerit. I a i n built ri g t.i.. Til r e wa s a gri 1 1 h m n o r in d wad's word s t h a t I a 11il fr rn A ri e l R a m s d e n ; but i t d i d no t dete r t h e b oy ' f i .. p i r i t : can1b b e Dan," h e s ai d "Mebbe th e y I I yo u o v e r. So, h e r e goes ." Th. c dwarf l o o ked t r a i g h t at t h e rifle. All a t a j e of a m e leaJ?ecl from the barre l a n d w i th a viii y II the df1fo rmecl s t aggered bac k a pac e the n w h i rl c I a n d fell h e ad l o n g into th, e l odge "A l i f e fo r a n arm! That's it! sa id A riel to the In lia n b oy G:HAP T E R XIV. Ji: U R J ) AYS WlTJ[OU'J,' llO O D .-GEifTI r c "TA R MS.''-TOM B ARL O W J S P O SJ,;'J:JO N FROS17Y l;'AD DOCK'S SPEERIT S RINGS J\. SURPRISE. Tom gau)1t1 pal e, and wolfis h in appearance, le-ll1e d again t t h e gat e o r doo r, of the defiant little fort, a ncl l oo k e d a t t h e o r o wd o f s t a r ved m e n w ho, huddled to g e th e r o n t b e oppos it e s i de o f th e square," regarded him vjth m a ni aca l stare. T h e d u s k of twili ght w a s f a lling a round the scene. Th Shin h ad e t t h e darl}-fringe d W e stern river, n t i;ar away . T o t o B lac)
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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 25 was enabled to creep into the very heart of the Black foot camp without being perceived I'm doin' this fer th' poor boys! he said mo r e than once to himself. He passed through the little woods filled with the recumbent figures of Indians, and entered the leve l lands beyond Oho! The moon! I hed forgotten et! said Tom. "I m ust git t' the place I'm bound for, afore it git s cl'a r over the edge." Between him and the long plain where he knew Arrow Head had pitched his l odge, there were comparativel y few I ndians. The warriors were in the timber through which he had just pas s ed. Black Tom calcu l ated well, for when the young Queen of the Skies sailed maj estically over the rim of t he hori zon, she revealed to him the personage h e sought Arrow Head, t he B l ackfoot, stood there before him; but not alone! The chief stood erec t before a log fire that burned on the ground. Arranged on log s around the blaze sat at least twenty su'b-chiefs arrayed in a profusion of feathers, beads, and other paraphernal ia of their savage rank. Crouching in the shadows not twenty feet away, Tom Barlow gazed upon this scene. It was full of s avage grandeur, even to him at that hour; but the gold captain did not permit his mind to dwell upon it As he looked he almost started to his feet He s aw something that had hitherto escaped his eye, taken from the fire Buffier hauhch! exclaimed the captain. It could save the boys-Metcalfe cou l d s top singin' ef he cou l d taste it." As the man seem ingl y teckless, sprang erect the odor of roasted meat came to his nost r ils, and his eyes dilated with delight and his whole frame shook wi.th the hungry man's anticipation. I can't stand it," he muttered. "The cussed Injuns ar' livin' fat while the boys heven't tasted meat fu r four day s ." There was a quick tiger like leap forward that l ess ened the s pace b e tween Black Tom a n d t h e fllackf oo t fire! And the next moment with a roar of madne ss th e gold-hunt e r sprang clear over the heads of th e a s t o ni s hed warriors, and alighted before the wonder-stricken Arrow Head! Every Indi a n jumped to his feet, whil e B l ack Tom, f ollow ing up attack, darte d up o n th e throat of the savag e chief. He grasped th e Ind i a n by his l ean strong throa t and in Tom's right hand glittered the blade of a knife! A hungry wolf hangs on l ike grim death Tom snarled, darting a l ook at t he fri ghtened savages whi l e he firmly h e ld the s ta l w art chie'f by the throat, I don t want blood. I don t keer fur et in partic'lar, but what I want is meat! Tarms! Tarms Ef you Inj uns will l ook you will se e that I hold th' winning card s M y old knife will settle the game as far as Arre r Head i s con cerned, ef y' don' t open yer mouths an' tal k bu sines s No foolin' with guns! Fer .if ye do by th whale thet swallied Jonah, I'll bury my blade in Arrer H e ad s lif e bask et-yaas I will do et, ef I see a s ign o' an attem p t ter do any shootin' The savages could see the in sa ne fla s h of the speaker 's eyes. While Tom barked hi s words he could not k e ep hi s eyes fr0m of !'neat which the startl e d Indians had dropped Th's proved the rnan's d esperate condi t ion! Arrow Head's face was almo s t black! His eyes seemed ready to burs t from their sockets! 'The bony fingers of Tom were c h oking him to death. I don't want to kill im! sa id T o m looking at his vic t im I come hyar fer tarms-not blood! Now, old feller, git yer wind ag'in an' open ye r mouth The finger s grew loose. on Arrow Head's throa t, but did not release it. What does our white brother want?" ga s ped the chief "Vve want to be left alone "Will y ou all take the back trail t o the big t ow n s of the whites?" Tom thought a moment. "No! he cried \ i Ve'll make our own tarms. I want the ones OW Fros ty started out to git." At the mention of the o l d guide s n ame, Arrow Head started back but he s aw the knife and paus e d. H o w did the old feller di e1 anyhow? Like a man? asked Tom. \ V all, never mind. I can't s ta y h ya r a ll night What do you s a y Arrer Head? Ef ye don't promis e to draw off yer m e n afo re m o rnin' an l eave us, I'll kill you hyarnow It wa s a moment for life o r death Arrow Head looked into the gold-hunter s e yes. Did he s ee death there? At any rate he shut hi s lips ; shut them tight with a s ign that read: I reject your terms B l ack Tom read correctly. "I'm going to git no tarms, eh?" he said. Wall, I'm satisfied." The chief of the Blackfeet went back before th e hun gry man's left hand, and the right shot aloft with the knife. A wi l d cry pealed f r om B lack T o m 's thrqat as h e sprang upon the chief but befo r e his knife could d escen d and make the Blackfeet nation K in g l ess, a gaunt Indian jerked him back. The Indian had jumpe d from th e circle about Tom and the chief! Hea:d staggered back and f e ll to the ground! It war my funeral! hissed To;11, looking at the figure that confronte d him. "I'll fini s h it yit, or git th' t a rm s!" \i\Tith the l as t word on hi s lips, h e s tarted t owa rd the fallen chief, but heard a voice that s eem e d t o r oo t him t o t he spot. Don t over-do the thipg, T om I've jes t a b ou t g o t m y fin gers o n the pa rmit. \i\Tell might Tom Barl ow s top and stare at the I ndi a n reel fig ure that towered abov e his h e ad. It vvas Frosty Paddock! CHAPTER XV FOUK D AT LAST.-THE : M YSTERY OF NIOKAKA.-R E D WASP SHOWS HIMSELF TO BE A REAL THE ESCAPE. Heaven pit y the p oo r 1 : nen ov e r th e r e! They ha ve b ee n four da y s with out food! T h ere goe s that w ild un ea rthl y soi1g again I wish I could ke e p my ears shut t o th e so unds Oh, the poor chaps in t h e fort! I ca n n o t h e l p th em-! am p owe rle s s-my s e lf a raptive-wi' th. a m ys t erio u s fate staring me in the face-they will n o t surre nd e r th ose dauntl e s s friends of min e : they int e nd t o k ee p t h eir vow; t o die b y sta r vatio n r athe r than give up to the Indians -

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Kyd Dougla ss, the s p e aker, leaned carelessly, as a For almost an hour the pair went on, now through a cas ual s p e ctat o r would have at fir s t suppo s ed, against a belt of timber, and now acro ss a little valley whose trees tree-but a s t out cord pa ss ed around his girdle and told cast the most fantastical shadows. the s t o r y that h e wa s fettered! All at once Red Wasp halted. S om e day s had pas sed since his capture while trying to We are here, white boy! deli ve r th e me s sage concealed in the hawk's wing, to Kyd looked around him. He stood in the center of one Bl a ck T o m and hi s men. Whe n confronted by Arrow of those wooded valleys, but on a spot where trees were H ea d in the Blackfeet camp, he was surprised to find scarce. Far above him was the silver disk of the moon, himself spared for the time The Indian King told him flooding the spot with her soft effulgence; and a cool night tha t h e was c6 nsidered to be Dwarf Dan' s fri e nd and bre eze which he suppo s ed came from the north, fanned a ssure d him that he s hould not be harme d until the his face. d warf had s p o ken. Yes, we are here," he sai<;l accompanying his words H ence th e boy s pres ent condition! with a curious look. But why have you brought me .. F r o m th e Indians he learned tha t Stunted Tree, a s the y hither?" c alled th e d efo rm e d ; had not b e en se en f o r so me days ; and "White bov shall see!" th e b oy w as a t a loss t o acc ount for the non-appearance As Red spoke he turned, and a peculiar whistle of th e d warf in the Indian c a mp. fell from his lips. But th e re were really two p e r s ons who could have t old Almost immediately the neigh of a horse saluted Kyd's Arrow Head t ha t hi s whit e all y had stolen his last horse, ears o r b u r ied hi s l as t hunter! "Aha! he thought. "A horse for me to escape on." I w i s h thi s wo uld e nd! c o ntinu e d the restless boy. Sure enough the next moment a horse came in sight, but I have lo s t m y trail-los t it fo r e ver. From present ap--the boy saw that the animal was already mounted. pea r a n ces I will n o t b e germ i t t ed to return to St. Louis. A minute did not elapse before the animal was halted I ca n n o t go b ack a n d t ell t h e h e irs at law that the babe in front of the wondering boy, and Kyd sprang forward s t o l en f r om a n emigrant t ra in, s i x te e n years or more with a light cry. ago, i s t h e whit e g irl wh o i s call e d N i okana by the "Ah! Is it you whom I behold?" he exclaimed, and B l ackfeet Ind i a n s w h,.o s t o le h er! A nd s he unaware of the person in the saddle looked at the Indian boy her id e ntity, h as left thi s l a n d, or i s p e rhap s in the clutche s "It i s the boy with two arms!" said, in a t o ne of of Dwarf D a n, w ho h a s m o re th a n a supposition as to disappointm ent, for t was the White Queen, that now her true id e n t ity I ha v e no fri e nd here! That Indian s t oo d disclosed to the wondering gaze of Kyd. boy Red \ lfasp, wh o m I fou ght and then ins ulted, win not Red Was p came forward and addressed the girl. k eep his wo r d v V h y s h o uld I ex pect him to? I can R e d W a s p know all the time that Niokana think that no t! He h as f o r go tten m e Las t ni ght I am sure he h e will g o b ac k and bring the one armed boy to her. But wen t by h e r e w ith th e l oo k that h e b o r e w h e n I t o ld him him f e tch the little chief who never lifted his rifle against th a t h e lied. her. Kyd D o u g l ass h a d hardly p a u s ed, when a figure came That i s true-this b oy never tried to shoot me," cried int o v i ew, a nd th e ne x t mom ent he shrunk from it with a the girl. l i gh t c ry, fo r, to hi s utter a s t o ni s hment he f o und himself No w t a lk together put in Red Wasp, with a wav e of face t o f ace w i t h the v ery p e rson wh o had jus t been the his hand, and gr:acefull y retiring, he left th e s trangely met s ubj ec t of hi s m utt e r e d thou g ht s pair, al o ne Red Wasp, t h e Bl ackf oot bo:y, s tood
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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. age camp. What i s his name? " Arrow Head " The King of the Blackfeet nation! Kyd Doug l ass was asto nishe d. "I'd give 111uch," h e said ; under his breath, "to have that Indian King in New Y ork to -d ay." What white boy thinking about? suddenly asked Niokana. "About you, girl," he said. "But where is the dwarf?" He saw a shudder pass over the girl's frame. "Ask Red Wasp!" she said And Ariel Ramsden? " The boy with one arm? " Yes so he has 'but one arm ? Where is he ? "Niokana does not know He has paid Stunted Tree for cutting it off. Red Wasp can tell how. Mebbe he is in the Indian army. Red Was p has kept Niokana hid, for he says that the One Arm hunts her." I know why he hunts you," Kyd said. Some men will do anything for money." At this juncture Red Wasp reappeared. Time to go! he said Big time over yonder. In-dian camp all full of voices "What has happened?" queried Kyd. "Don't know Boy gefon horse." The Blackfoot s hand was on Kyd s shoulder; but our young hero hesitated. What! go and leave the boys s tarving to death? he said. "Never mind! The moccasm is not far off. It will save 'em." Kyd's answer was a stare: what could Red Wasp's words mean? Yes; get up," said Niokana, and with a glance at her Kyd mounted Am I to leave my friends? he asked He was not answered fo r Niokana was the only person in sight. Where is Red Wasp? " I-I ere! Kyd looked behind him and saw the Blackfoot boy holding 'the bridle of a h o rse as lithe l imbered as the o ne which he had mounted Upon the back of the second steed Niokana was soon seated .. Go said Red Wasp. The white boy knows that Red Wasp did not lie after the hard fight." That is true; but--" The sentence was broken by the whiz-z of a bull e t which passed between the heads of the young couple. Instantly everything became hushed '"Go!" suddenly cried Red Wasp. "The One-Arm miss this t i me. Do, better when he shoot s ag'in and as the last word fell from the young Blackfoot's lips he struck both horses at once with a long switch which he had broken from a bough and they bounded forward, carrying their riders away! CHAPTER XVI. OLD FROSTY WINS HIS W AGER.-HE H A S THE "PARMIT" AND THEN COMES THE RUSE THAT ENDED THE GREAT FIGHT WITH TH!! REDSKINS. Frosty! by the etarnal! Black Tom c0u l d no t suppress this exclamation. It ar' me! was the response. How ar' the boys? " Mad! s tarvirt to death! This brief conversation was carried on in an undertone, and in the presence of the red-skins who seemed to have latent-suspicions of the identity of the gaunt Indian wh o had hurled Tom Barlow from his victim, the chief. Arrow Head sprung erect as the last words were drop ping from B l ack T_9m's lips; but Old Frosty threw him self between him an d his brave s "Not an inch, Arrer Head, t ill I've got through with ye! he said, clutching the chief s naked arm. If one o yer red-skins makes a move to tech Old Frosty an' hi' pard, Tom, yer greasy tribe ll hev to look up a n e w head." Arrow Head stared into the face of the speaker. Did the countenance of the lank figure of the guide resembl e the man whom he and Dwarf Dan had entombed in a swinging coffin in the glqom of a cave not very far away? See here, chief! Look at this! said Frosty, and the next moment he had slipped one of the moccasins from off his feet .and was holding it before Arrow Head. Y e didn't seem to notice the shoe when you an' Dwarf Dan toted me to the b u ryin -ground, eh? Look good, my red skin! Ha you r ecognize the way the sinews ar' tied! The shoe had certainly astonished Arrow Head, f o r his eyes dilated as he gazed upon it. I've got a l o t of cash bet on what thet shoe could do! continued Frosty. "I bet with one o' the meanest young white s kunks thet ever came to this kentry to shoot a gal. You may hev forgotten Old Frosty Paddock who war on thet awful trip up the Assineboin, when we ate our moccasins. But, anyhow, I'm the same old 'coon, at yer s arvice one o' the members ov thet brotherhood we made arter we got to whar thar war game You kno w what thet s hoe means, chief thet kind o' tie i s as p o tent all the Masoni c emblems on the globe The king of the Blackfeet li s tened to the guide like a man awakening from a strange dream. Black Tom and the Indians looked on and listene d al most petrified from amazement Why didn't I show up sooner, seein' thet I've been fur some time in the ken try? continued Old Frosty. I came up to yer town fur thet purpose ; but one o yer Injun skunk s-a boy it war-giv' me an arrer right in the brea st--one o' them little arrers the t hurt like thun der. But I went on till I fell on you arter you shot Marley Morgan! Whil e I war unconscious, you an' Dwarf Dan put me away. Thar I came to, climbed outen the basket, caught an Injun prowlin' round outside, an' put 'im whar I hed been I b lieve thar' s a piece of thet arrer in me yet Feels thet way, an y how. Arrer Head! can't you saLi.1te a brother? A light 1seemed to dawn upon the bewildered mind of the chi ef. The living man before him, wa s the person he had actually entombed! When he found hi s tongue he addressed his followers : Blackfeet, stand still he said, and then he turned to the whites Come with Arrow Head! .With a significant glance at Tom Barlow O l d Frosty stepped into the wake of the ch ief who did not pause until he had walked a goodly distance frq_m the spot. Then h e wheeled suddenly upon tHe twain Tall man Arrow Head's brother The chief ov the Blackfeet not forget him now What do whites want? Arrow Head wa s an Indian of few word s In the first place we want horses, said Frosty. How many? "Three! " But two pale-faces

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28 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "No difference-three horses!" just described and the fort with its starving in Arrow Head moved away and gave a peculiar whistle. mates, was relieved by the glimmerings of day. All An Indian appeared. around Indiat;IS were to be seen; they swarmed forward "Three horses! said the chief. with startled look, only to sh-rink back and stare at the "We must be quick! whispered Old Frosty. Daysight that burst upon their vision. light will catch u s It's coinin over the hills now." Arrow Head's situation seemed to strike them This was eve n so ; the sky was growing light. dumb. The three horses were soon brought upon the scene Slowly the three horses tramped througlr the savage by the Blackfoot. lines, and when Old Frosty reined in his steed, the open "Horses here! said Arrow Head putting the bridle-ground before the log fort had been reached. reijns into Frosty's hand s "Who goin' to ride the odd ,The Indian ranks swayed backward as .if rrioved by one?" some unseen machinery. The long guide's answer was brief. "Now," said Old Frosty, breaking -the sil-ence that had Yo u! reigned between the trio during the. journey, now we The chief started back; but the daring man followed want the parmit.' I know the Blacl<:toot customs. Yer him up. word, once given, i s law an' gospel! "Ar ye goin' _,back on the sign ov the shoe?" But Arrow Head din not move "What white men want?" queried the mystified. Frosty and Black Tom exchanged glances. ''A parmit from you to s tay hyar an' !hunt gold as long "A leetle harder on the trigger, Tom! said the guide, as we please!" was the s tartling rejoinder. "You must across the neck of the Iridian's horse. "Now, one giv' it er go squar' back on the order, for didn't you fur the chief to make up his mind. You understand that, swear that time that you would do whatever the wearer Arrer Head?" . ov o n e o' them moccasin asked? The chief glanced at the hundreds of painted 'IndiatfS The chief was astounded, but he shut his lips firmly; who waited for him-to speak, and the pistols came and n ever see med to flash in his eyes! till the muzzle of each almost totfched his scarlet temples. Arrow Head will let the pale-faces in the fort go Off with the shoe! .. back ; but--" An expression of pain crossed the face of the haughty Cuss the gold, ,Frosty! said Tom at the guide's ear. Blackfoot. The boys would sooner hev a bite o' huffier than all the He bent forward and lifted his right foot, then he yaller r oc k s i the diggin's." quickly and madly jerked the moccasin off and'thrust it But O ld Frosty was not to be moved. into Old Frosty's teft hand. The guide's fingers closed "Won't give it eh?" he said firmly. on the shoe; but he never took his eyes from the Indian. "White men s hall go back well fed; but the yellow Arrow Head looked at his braves. r oc k s mu s t s tay for the Indian!" "Warriors of the Blackfqot Nation!" he said in a The next instant the gaunt Irtd'ian-fied figure of Frosty tone that told' that he was tearing the words from his very Paddock fell up o n the chief !,ike a descending thunder vitals, "we have made peace with our white brethren; bolt; and threw him to the ground. they are to live among i.ts, and come and go when and Arrow Head struggled; but without avail and when wherever their feet wish to walk. They are to hl..)nt for h e drew a long breath he was seated a s tride of one of the y ellow stones in the country of the Blackfeet and the hor ses their trails shall not be watched. We will treat them as 'IIh a r 's more than one way ov gittin' a parmit! "1 said brethren and when they choose to go away they shall O ld Frosty l ook ing up at the bewildered Blackfoot. depart in peace! "Now, s ir ac t lik e a man an' the mornin' won't get into The Indian ceased and glanced at Old Fros ty. y e v\T,h e n it break s .'' "That's the parmit!" he said smiling at Black Tom . At a s i gn from th e speake r the two whites sprung upon 1 \!',T ill the -1word be kept?" the remaining hor se s a n d gat h e red up the Indi a n rein s "The word of a Blackfoot is never broken thougli it. Hands to the side! Ye r a good 1 :icler without techin takes troubl e t o bring him to a recollection of it! was \ a lin e s aid>, t h e lank gu id e "Now forward, march, the repl y "Arrer Head, we'll do the generous thing by th e s h o rtest way to the for t! you. Vve won't take all the gold; ,but if we catch a cerF o r a m o ment th e ch ief l ooked at the men with whom tain chap, thar may be so mebody hurt." he was dealing. He saw th e determination that flashed Does my br other spea k of the Stunted 'Tree?' in the eye s of each, and, caught s ight of the t aw n y fingers Dwad Dan we call 'im; ah' a meaner skunk that t o uched the trigger of the deadly weapon they h e ld never liv e d ." n car his h ead. He ha s Jeff the land of the BlackfeetY \ We mean bu s iness! sa id Frosty, see in g Arrow "\!', l ith tlie gal? Head's One move-one s ign t o ye r men as we "He went away on the wind. OneA rm shot him .in go thro u g h the ca mp-an we'll l et daylight int o yer brain the great village of the Blackfeet antl set fire to his The Indian chief groaned and dropped his head. lodge By an' by a strong wind come an' blow all the At a light canter the trio moved forward; but the gait ashes away!" soon dwindlec1 int o a wa lk. for almost before the whites "That boy has s aved us trouble! said Black Tom. w e r e aware of t h e ir s ituati o n they w e re in the mid s t of "\iV]?ar is he? the Indian camp. The Indian shook his head. Recumbent figures were ri s ing int o s tatue s of amaze"He''ll turn up like bad money by an' by. This kentry menton eve ry side, and the camp was r eso unding with exmight git onhealthy for him. He come out hyar to deal citement meanl y with the white girl who has lived with your people "Keep yer e)\es straight a h ead admonished Old for many yea rs He' d better not tech her." Fros ty, with a g lance at.the immobil e chief. 1 The coup of 0 d Frosty had ended without -bloodshed; The forest that int erve ned between the place of the and Arrow -Head, crestfallen, rode back among his braves. I

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 29 When the gates of the fort w e re opened the mad men rushed out, and filled the air with their cries of deliver ance. We're a ll right whil e I hold the shoe! cried Old Frosty holding the chief's mocca sin above his head. I ve got the parmit, and won the young skunk's money!". lt was true! The potent to save the lives of gallent men, h a d b een o btained CONCLUSION. THE L AST DESPERATE C AST OF ARIEL RAMSDEN.-A D EAD RIDER A T THE GATES OF THE FORT, AND A RIDER-LESS HORSE. Halt! The youth who uttered this c ommand s t o od in the middle o f a narrow pass n o t far from Fort Barlow, and held a rifle in hi s l eft hand. The s l ende r barr e l of the w eapo n rested upon the stump of hi s right arm, and his e y e s fla s hed upon the coup l e he had halted-a boy and a g irl. I knew you would come back! h e s aid fierce l y Why didn' t you keep on to the c o nfine s o f the Blackfoot country-yea, to the fortune that awaits you, Adele Hmmage? " I d o IJ.Ot d esert.my friends, and she has a m o ti ve fo r c m -r:ing back,' answered the youth, n odding at his c o mpamo n "No doubt of 'that!" was the s n eering re s p o n se Kyd Dougl a ss, we came out here t o find the same per son-the girl at your side You came t q find her and t a k e h e r back t o New York; I to--" Find and k ill! You need not t r y t o di sguise the truth, A riel Ramsden. " I d o n o t hide it. I came to this land for that very purpose: and here I do my duty. Ouicl.{ a s a flash, a n d before one-of the s tartled pair cot'J<;l move, the rifle of the one-an:ned bo y shot to his s h oulder, and a flash f ollo1Ved b y a report was the result. N iokana, with a loud shriek, ree led in the saddl e, and h e r h o r s e, plunging forward, overthrew the boy's s t eed, and both animal s went down But o nly f o r a moment, for A riel Ramsden' s hors e unhurt, e xtri cated him self, and clashed away. Kyd D o u g la ss l oo ked and saw draggin g ----. -" EY-ES CURED fro m the stirrup. It ha d li f e1 shape; it was the white queen's young trailer! In a f e w moments the h o r se h a d passe d out o f s ight. Whitef a ced N iokan a w a s pick e d up by the boy l eft behind and when he rod e off he was s miling t o know tha t t hanks to A rie l Rams d e n's ha s t y aim she was unhurt. Not l ong afterward they entered the fo r t, and the inmates t o l d h ow a w i l d hors e dashing b y had l eft a dead rider at the gate. K y d s t oo d over the b o d y an d l oo k e d d ow n in to tl 1 e f a ce of-A riel' R a m s d en! He and Dwarf Dan had peri shed miserably in Bl a ck f oot l a nd. And did the miners, the brav e band of go ld se ekers secure the tre a sure they had wast e d their l o n g days of ago n y upon ? Barrel s of it! They made themse l ves ri c h f o r life a s l ong a s O l d Parmi t as they c alle d the d ea rly l o v e d guide, n o w was with them; but when he l eft the c ountry t o e nj oy his w ealth e l sewhe re, the r e w a s no b o d y like him left t o tre a t with the B l ackfeet n a ti o n a n d a f t e r a time the Ind i an s, n o l o n ge r l e d b y Arro w Head, drov e the m all away, and shut out the tre m endo u s l y ri c h go ld-b e a ring r eg i o n fro m the w orld! But Kyd D o ugla s s f e l t that h e had f ound so m eth i ng far b ette r than g o ld in the great country o f the B l ackfee t. He s a w al s o that the wife he w e d o nce the W hit e Quee n of the Blackfee t India n s w a s put in p osse s s i o u of her rights and certain heirs -atla w, Eas t we r e I W p l e a se d with the great fortune that the girl-wife w a s acc orded by the courts O f c ours e 'Red Was p Indian boy married! 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'. I J I CHANGE OF NAME The Indian Weekly Commencing with No. 33 this publication will be called THE WESTERN WEEKLY \ With this change of name there will be inaugurated a series of thegreatest stories of adventure of the Wild West, and of the desperate battles of the bandits and outlaws of the frontier that have ever been written. All the stories will be from the pens of such great writers as COLONEL PRENTISS INGRAHAM CAPTAIN FRED WHITTAKER JAMES BENNET HOPKINS EDWARD L. WHEELER (Deadwood Dick) JOSEPbl E. BADGER, Jr. OLL COOMBS We give herewith the titles of the first four great stories which will ap_ pear in this Western Weekly No. 33 TRAIN WRECKERS OF THE WEST, or The Gold Mountain Hold-Up No. 34 THE SAFE CRACKERS LEAGUE, or Robbed of Millions No. 35 THE OUTLAW BROTHERS, or The Train Robbers' Bold Dash No. 36. THE RED CUT RAID, or The Express Agent's No Jesse ].ames stor_ies ev.er equalled in interest those which are now_ be ing prepared for the WESTERN WEEKLY. Do not fail to get No. 33, and read the thrilling story in that issue. Remember. WESTERN WEEKLY No. 33 is the continuation of the AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. For sale everywhere. Price 5 cents per copy. TH E ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO., PUQLISHERS, CLEVELAND, OHIO, U. S. A.

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the Head of Its Class The Indian Weekly PUBLIS H E D E V E R Y THUR SDAY This pub.Jis hed. departure frorn all ofhe r five-cent vveeklies that are n ow bei n g es of fronti e r l ife o f Indians and of the far West that have ever been It ha s the g l SS\1 -1. publi sl1e d i n any othe r fivece nt l ibr a r y, exc ept th e celebrat e d el Spenc e r Dair, the m os t ce l ebrated ndian Scout, Ba ndit Tracker PLEDGE ... .................. ..... ........ or T he Raid on the Old Stockade HIS AIR ........... : .' ..... : ... o r The Pursuit of th e Midnight Raider 'r. "'tl-t:.lt ..... TIEATH ..................... . ...... ... .... or The Curse of the Nav a j o vVitch MAN' S REVENGE ..... : . . . .............. 01: Kidnapped by t h e Piu tes BY THE CREES ........ .. : . : : . ................ or Tric ked by a R e negad e Sco ut -BY A MOCCASD'I ......... : . . ... or The Round-Up of the Indian Smugglers CLOUD' S LAST STAND .. : . : ... ."': ........ or The Battl e of D ea d l\ I a n' s Ca n y o n FOR IFE .......... ..... . ........................ or Tricked by Timber vVol ves EGO MESSi:\GE .... ....... ..... . .... . ... .. or T h e Ru se of t h e Border J u m pers IDNI,GHT ALARM .......... . .' .................. or The Raid o n t he Paymas t e r s Camp ASKE D RIDERS .... .... ......... : ...... .... or The Myster y of Grizz l y Gu l c h BY OUTLAWS .................... ........ or The Mounte d Ranger 's Desperate R i d e COACH BILL'S LAST RIDE ..... .......... . . .... or The Bandits o f Great Bear Lake GEDY OF HANGMA 1' S GULCH ... ..... or The Gho s t of Horn Ivioun t a in s E ASURES OF MAcKENZIE ISLES ...... ........... or T h e Outlaw's Drag-Net P AT SNAKE BASIN ................... : : .. : . ..... or The Re negade's Death-Vote THE MAI L RIDER'S D ASH WITH DEATl-I .... ................ o r The Desperado o f Poker F l a t THE RED MASSACRE ..... ... .. .. .. : ....... ... ... or T h e Hold-Up Men of Barr en Lan ds T H E MYSTERY OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE .. : ." ..................... or The Robber s' R o und-Up HOUNDED BY RED MEN ....... . .... ........ .' . or .The Road Agent s o f P o rcu p i ne Rive r THE FUR TRADER' S DISC OVER Y .. ..... .................... or The Brotherh oo d o f Thieves THE SMUGGLERS O F L ITTLE S L AVE LAKE ....... :. ....... o r T h e Trapper's V e n gea nc e NIGHT RIDERS OF THE NORTH-WES T ......... . . .... .... or The V i gi l a nt es' Reve nge T I;IE SPECTRE O F THUND E R BOLT CAVERN .... ........ o r T ri cked b y Midnight Assassin s R E D HAND O F THE NORTH-WEST ..................... o r The Pira te s o f Hornada y Ri ve r TO BE PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 25No. 2 6 THE HER MIT BANDir S REVENGE .......... .... or The Lea g u e o f th e FurS tea l e r s 1 No. 27 .l'HE CURSE OF CORONATION GUL F ..... . ...... or The Outlaws o f Blu e Wat e r s 8 No. 28. 11 l_.E DOOM OF THE BAND E D BROTHERS .............. o r The D e m o n R e negades 15-No. 29. THE WITCH OF DEVIL WHIRL P OOL ............. or The GunMe n of Split Lak e 22No. 30. TORNAD O BESS THE KIDNAPP E R ................ o r The O utl aws of R abbit Isl a nd 29No. 31. THE WRECKERS OF CARIBOU REEF ........ ............ or Bor de r B a n d it s a t Bay 6 -No. 32. THE PLAGUE S PREADERS OF H U N GRY TRAIL . . or The Ro bbers o f Little W ind The AMERICAN I NDIAN WEEKL Y i s for sa l e by all ne ws deal e r s and b oo k s ell e r s, or it w ill b e sent t o a n y a dd r es s pos tp atd b y t he publi s h e r s u po n rec e ipt o f 6c per c o p y, .10 co pi es f o r 50c. All ba c k num be r s a l ways i n s t ock. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY CLEVELAND, OHIO, U. S. A. ...